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List of Dangerous Fish in Maldives

The islands of Maldives are among the most blissful tourist destinations in the world. This South Asian tropical nation is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters, beautiful natural scenery, and pristine coral reefs. The Maldives is also home to a range of luxury hotels and resorts such as the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas; one of the most recommendable and best Maldives Resorts. One of the most popular activities in engaged in the Maldives is diving and scuba diving.



Stonefish are some of the most dangerous and venomous fish in the waters of the Maldives. As their name suggests, these fish look much like stones, and lie on the ocean floor or amidst corals. Their ability to camouflage themselves amongst the colorful corals is one of their deadly features, as it very hard to stop them. Stonefish aren't generally aggressive against humans, but will not hesitate to attack if disturbed. Therefore, avoid walking on or touching corals or rock formations, as you never know where a stone fish could be waiting for its prey.



Don't let their calm demeanor and unique fins and spikes fool you, as Lionfish are extremely venomous. Lionfish are generally of cream, brown, red and black colours. They are known to swim very slowly, and are actually quite a fascinating species of fish. However, avoid any physical contact with a lionfish, as its spikey fins are extremely venomous, even to humans. But you shouldn't be that worried to observe this creature as it is one of the least aggressive creatures in the waters of Maldives. As a rule of thumb, just remember that if you don't bother it, it won't bother you. A great way to see such species would be to stay at resorts such as Anantara Kihavah and head off on snorkelling or diving tours.



One of the most intriguing creatures in the waters of Maldives is the Stingray. Watching these amazing creatures glide through the waters is truly a treat that you should witness. However, it is safe to exercise caution amongst Stingrays. Stingrays are known for the jagged spike on its tail, which can be fatal to human beings. So avoid startling a Stingray or ambushing it by surprise, or touching it. The Stingray is known to use its spike only as a defense weapon, so as long as you don't threaten it, it is highly unlikel that a stingray will become aggressive.



Yes, the waters of Maldives are home to the apex predator of the ocean. One will find Tiger Sharks, Whale Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, and White-Tip Sharks in the waters. All of these sharks are known to attack humans if threatened, so exercise great caution if you encounter a shark. The Hammerhead and Tiger Sharks are probably the species you are most likely to encounter, as they are known to swim close to the shores. But the number of shark attacks in generally very low, as these creatures aren't generally aggressive against humans. However, it's never a waste of time to be cautious when in the waters.


Giant/Titan Triggerfish

These fish are extremely territorial, and will not hesitate to protect its nest or its eggs. These fish are not venomous, but are known to inflict rather severe bites on humans. The sure sign that a Triggerfish is threatened and is about to attack is if it raises its dorsal spine or rolls on to its side. Divers are advised to immediately swim horizontally away from the nest or the fish, as opposed to swimming vertically upwards or downwards.



These smaller fish are known for their bring colors, but can be dangerous to humans. Squirrelfish have a boney spine which sticks out almost like shards of colored glass. These bones are venomous, so avoid any physical contact with them. These fish aren't generally aggressive, but always be cautious.