Marine Life in the Maldives – Explore the underwater world!

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The Maldives from the air features a spectacular sight. The world under the crystal-clear waters is no exception! Venture far off into the deep blue seas and discover its diverse and appealing marine life!

Jonathan Palombo, Turks & Caicos (12121781414), CC BY 2.0

Corals
Coral growths consist of numerous small polyps that immobilize and feed on small creatures that venture near them. The algae that are found within the corals assists them in photosynthesis. Amongst the numerous kinds of corals that may be found in the Maldives are hard corals like brain corals, staghorn ferns, sheet corals and flat corals.

Reef Animals and Fish
Amongst the reefs, you will find marine creatures like sponges, mollusks, sea squirts, starfishes, feather stars, coral shrimps and hermit crabs. As you might expect you will encounter a remarkable selection of exotic fish in the reef areas of the Maldives. Commonly seen varieties of fish include such creatures as lionfish, groupers, wrasse, anemone fish and scorpion fish.

Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins
Although juvenile sharks can be readily seen in the lagoon waters near the islands, the larger mature sharks are more elusive, frequenting the deeper seas. Kinds of sharks that you will have the opportunity to spot in the Maldives include the reef, whale, hammerhead, blue and tiger sharks. Those who are staying at a Maldives beach resort the likes of Baros Maldives can experience an exciting snorkel excursion to view numerous sea creatures.

Stingrays, Manta Rays and Turtles
Visitors to the Maldives will find stingrays resting on areas of sand on the bottom of the sea. On the other hand, the manta rays which are larger can be found swimming near the surface in areas of open water and in proximity to reefs.

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