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Sea-Life in the Maldives

A nation of twenty-six atolls containing stunning tropical beauty and unique resorts, the Maldives islands are one of the most beautiful locales in the world.



These are some of the most beautiful and picturesque fish in the world, and their iconic shape is unmistakable. Except for the notorious Stingray, most of the varieties found in the Maldives are graceful and quite harmless. While on your luxury holiday in Maldives, go diving with some expert divers who are known to even pose for selfies with these unique creatures since they are desensitised to human company. Most resorts such as Anantara Kihvah Maldives Villas will gladly organise a guided tour to place you in the company of these majestic creatures.



It has come to a point that every single species of Turtle has reached a state of endangerment, and there's only seven known species of Turtle in existence. The Maldives islands play refuge to an incredible five of these seven species, and they can be easily found with the enlisted help of an experienced guide. The Green Sea-Turtle is one of the most uniquely rare breeds to be found at the Maldives. The best season for Turtle-Watching is around the time of June to November when they come ashore to lay eggs. If you're lucky, you might be able to get a once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching baby turtles head back to shore.



Yes, that fearsome fish that strikes fear to the hearts of people. Sharks are however fairly misunderstood creatures, and while dangerous varieties do exist, they pretty much always attack humans either after being provoked or by mistaking them for some other aquatic creature. The most commonly found Shark in Maldivian waters is the White-Tip Reef Shark. They are generally quite small in size and won't attack unless provoked. They're never seen in the company of predators since they chase away any competition to their food. Occasionally, even the gentle giants known as Whale-Sharks can be glimpsed in the seas surrounding the Maldives.



These adorable sea-creatures are found in bountiful hordes around the seas of the Maldives, and just like their numbers, the variety of Dolphins you can find are just as bountiful. Spinner Dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Spotted Dolphins, Striped Dolphins and even the iconic Bottle-Nose Dolphins are all found in Maldivian waters. Spinner Dolphins are the best type to glimpse since they are known to put on a real show for onlookers by conducting acrobatic feats which have earned them their name.



Although they don't appear in large numbers like Dolphins, legendary whale-species such as Blue-Whales and Sperm-Whales are regularly sighted in Maldivian waters. The Maldives also happens to be a particularly popular retreat for Beaked-Whales, and as of recent times, the island nation has garnered an international reputation for sightings of Cuvier's Beaked Whales and Dense Beaked-Whales. One of the rarest species of Whale that can be found amidst the Maldives islands is the Longman's Beaked Whale.

The Maldives is an absolute aquatic wonderland featuring a treasure of various marine life, ranging from schools of colourful clownfish to mighty sharks and gallant rays. So, if you're looking for a water-bound adventure like no other, the Maldives is the place for you.

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