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Top 5 most common fish in Maldives – The Five Most Intriguing Commonly Found Fish in Maldives

The Maldives islands are renowned the world over for their beautiful sun-swept beaches, and lush tropical landscapes, and the incredible marine life to be found within their waters.


Giant Guitarfish

This is probably one of the most intriguing names for a fish you heard. The sight of this fascinating marine creature is even more compelling. The Maldives islands are known for mainly sharks and rays, and at first glance, you will notice that the Giant Guitarfish has attributes of both of these creatures, giving it the appearance of half-shark half-ray. The mid-section leading to the rear has pre-dominantly shark-like features while the head has the triangular shape of a ray alone with the wing-like limbs on the sides. Next time you happen to stay in one of many Maldives Villas such as the Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives.


Moray Eel

This creature might not be the most visually appealing of the Maldives aquatic specimen but is quite a notable species because this is the largest variety of eel to be found. Interestingly, there are more than two-hundred different kinds of Moray Eel to be found around the world. They can be found in various kinds of water as well, encompassing fresh-water, marine and brackish. One thing they all have in common is they prefer warmer temperatures. You will be able to discover these captivating yet menacing creatures on any Maldivian reef.


Sicklefin Lemon Shark

Despite the somewhat cartoony sounding name, this shark is a large predator that can grow up to four metres in length, that's more than twice the size of an average man. Generally these sharks are known to flee from divers, but can prove to be quite dangerous if provoked or cornered. They have a distinct grey colour, with younger specimens having stripes along their sides which slowly fade as they reach maturity. They feed on a variety of species ranging from sea birds to sea snakes and all kinds of fish.


Spaghetti Eel

These are bound to be some of the most adorable sea-creatures to be seen within Maldivian waters, and are the direct opposite of their larger counterparts. Spaghetti Eels are quite small, and would measure about 70cm, despite being very thin. They are found in groups and they burrow beneath the bed and are usually only seen with half of their body popping above the coral or sea bed. This is their iconic appearance, and it's truly a unique and captivating sight to behold.


Zebra/Variegated Shark

This is one of the most distinctive sharks in existence, and a fascinating creature to come across. The caudal fin, the one that is rear-most, is about half the length of this shark's entire body, which is one of its most iconic attributes. Unlike most sharks, the Zebra Shark has an almost human-like face, with a very small mouth. The juveniles of this species are dark brown with vertical yellow stripes while adults are a paler shade of brown with dark spots. This shark is sluggish and strictly nocturnal, so if you wish to come across them you must embark on a night-time dive.