some of the fishes, coral or oysters you might find just below the surface in the Maldives
you don't actually have to be a scuba diver to see plenty
just lay still and some of the fishes will come to you
but be aware there are some you don't want to come to close !
a little warning...
many pictures !
oysters...don't put your fingers in when it opens up !
corals in blue, purple, yellow.....
an anemone....try and say that fast a couple of times
haha, I sound like Nemo in the movie
different kinds of unicorn fishes
schools of snappers just hanging around
yellow saddled goatfish
Doris from Nemo is a powder blue surgeon fish
an orange spined unicornfish
a lined surgeonfish
really curious needle fishes
they swim up to you to have a close look
black sided hawkfishes
23 species of parrot fish can be found here
if any fish family is symbolic of the coral reef it's the Butterfly fishes
this one is a double saddled butterfly fish
oval butterfly fish
of course you can find Nemo here...
this species of Nemo is the Maldivian Anemonefish
a chevron butterfly fish and a moorish idol (also in Nemo the movie)
a fivestriped wrasse
a dashdot goatfish with a companion...a blue striped sabre tooth blenny
a surge damselfish
a Yellowhead Butterflyfish
black gregory defending his nest in the coral
a splendid soldierfish
a blackspotted pufferfish
a Guineafowl Pufferfish
a nursery with humbug dascfylius's
yellowmargin lyre tail grouper
triggerfishes have a special mechanism in their dorsal fin
very aggressive when nesting
Titan triggerfish (60cm) are so powerful and defend their nests with such vigour that they are often considered to be the most dangerous fish in the Maldives.
they actually have human looking teeth
I actually got bitten by this one...
I was swimming by and it defended it's territory
Mr M was laughing so hard
here we are swimming with sharks and other huge species and
then I'm attacked by a 10cm triggerfish that bit through my skin so it started to bleed !
I didn't find it quite as amusing as Mr M did...
I still have a little scar.....
Hope you enjoyed our little swim