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Aggressive fish to avoid when snorkelling in Maldives- Beautiful but feisty.

Snorkelling is not all fun and games. This aquatic sport bears its share of danger. When you are underwater, look out for these fish. They are not big fans of visitors.

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Lion Fish

Lion Fish

The Lion Fish is a beautiful creature who is rather shy. They have striped pectoral fins and a thin body. They are a very calm species but if you disturb their peace, they lose their cool. If you touch it or bother it, they will attack you.

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Stone Fish

Stone Fish

Spotting this species is a real challenge. They have excellent camouflage skills and you wouldn't see them for the first few minutes. They usually stay near the rocks to capture their prey. The best way to avoid them would be staying away from corals. Don't walk on them or touch them or you will get surprise-attacked by a stone fish.

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Stingray

The stingray has a spine on its tail which is jagged. The tail is used only for its protection. If you don't bother it, it will not harm you. Don't try to pet stingrays. The acids and oils on the hands remove the layer of mucus that protects them from parasites. By keeping your distance, you will be protected by a vicious stingray attack.

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Barracuda

Barracuda

People have an irrational fear of barracudas. Although they do attack humans, there are only 25 reported barracuda attacks for the last decade. Barracudas sometimes mistakenly follow snorkellers thinking they are preys. However, be on the watch for these fish because it is better to be cautious than sorry.

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Hawksbill sea turtle

Hawksbill sea turtle

These turtles are beautiful creatures that you will find when you snorkel. They are abundant near most resorts such as_ Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives_. They are not harmful or aggressive but if you scare or bother it, it will injure you using its sharp nails and beak

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Samara squirrelfish

Samara squirrelfish

Samara squirrelfish has a line of spikes on its spine with can spear through your skin. They also secrete a poison that is fatal for humans. This species goes out looking for food in the night. They are extremely dangerous so keep an eye out at all times. Most of the_ best hotels in Maldives_ will have guides to show you what these poisonous fish look like.

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Brown spotted spinefoot

Brown spotted spinefoot

This species of fish can be called as the worst from the lot. The body of the fish is covered by a membrane of mucus. If it touches your skin, it will cause terrible pain. The fin is the most harmful organ in the body. The fish can be easily recognized as it is a small fish with black spots on a bright colour (often yellow or pink).

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The Acanthuridae family

The Acanthuridae family

Powderblue, Dussumier, Convict, Yellow Tang Surgeonfish and Thompson's are some fish that belong to this family. All these species possess a sharp set of fins that can injure you. Especially, their bright tails are equipped with an extremely sharp blade. These fish are can be identified with little or no effort because they have luminous coloured bodies. The fish are quite beautiful regardless of how dangerous they are.