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Triggerfish of the Maldives

I have previously wrote about Triggerfish and their undeserved reputation for being overly aggressive which you can read here:
https://maldiviandreamer.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/triggerfish-undeserved-bad-press/

After seeing 10 different species in the Maldives I conclude that they are not aggressive unless you accidentally swim into their nesting ground at certain times of the year.

I have seen 4 species of triggerfish at all the Maldivian islands I have been to plus others, however this year at Kuramathi I saw 2 new species! I photographed the following new species whilst snorkeling the house reef:

1. Wedge-tail Triggerfish

2. Boomerang Triggerfish

This brings the total number of triggerfish I have seen in the Maldives to 10!

 

Maldivian Marine Angelfish

Marine Angelfish are one of my favourite fish due to their vivid colour. The Marine Angelfish family contains seven genera and approximately 86 species. My personal favourites are the Emperor, Blue-faced and Regal Angelfish.

Here are some pics from my last 4 trips to the Maldives (Kuramathi, Vilamendhoo, Biyadhoo and Athuruga).

Blue-faced Angelfish

Emperor Angelfish (& 1 Juvenille Emperor)

Regal Angelfish

 

Triggerfish – Undeserved bad press?

I am constantly reading forum posts about the dangers of triggerfish and people claiming they’re aggressive – but I think their reputation is over-hyped. Yes it is true that when triggerfish are nesting, they guard over their nests and will charge at any divers or fish that cross into its territory (the zone in a full circle directly above its nest). The Titan Triggerfish is much larger than other species and can inflict serious injuries to divers.

However, as long as divers and snorkelers respect their territory and remain alert there shouldn’t be any problem. I have seen Triggerfish on every trip to the Maldives I’ve been on and never had a problem. Sure I’ve come across some territorial fish and been followed by one Titan Triggerfish, but I have never been attacked.

Here are some of my photos of titan triggerfish – the largest and most dangerous. As you can see, I have got up close to many 🙂

Perhaps my favourite are the clown triggerfish due to their pattern (though I haven’t seen many of these) and the black triggerfish, I love the way the sunbeam has lit up the delicate pattern on the Black triggerfish.

The Orange Stripped triggerfish are fairly common on the reef and make good photographic subjects 🙂

Picasso triggerfish are quite common in the sandy shallow lagoon.

Red Toothed Triggerfish are found in shoals near the surface, but as they’re constantly moving in the current and they are the smallest of this species and always swim away, I struggle to get decent photos of these fish.

Lastly we have the Yellow Margin Triggerfish, which I always think are juvenile Titan Triggerfish. Even now I’m not sure which they are, but either way – they’re cute 🙂

So that is the majority of my triggerfish pictures from 3 Maldivian islands I have visited, hope you enjoyed.

Moray Eels

Moray eels (Muraenidae) tend to instill fear in people due to their sharp needle-like teeth and snake-like appearance, however I have always found them to be shy creatures that always retreat into the reef to hide. I have read some scary stories in scuba-diving magazines about divers who have been attacked by them, but I have never experienced any problems with this fascinating creatures. I have always found that if you respect them and don’t touch, they too will reciprocate and leave you alone.

Biyadhoo had a vast array of moray eels and giant eels that were constantly swimming in the open, which I loved as I was able to take lots of photos. Vilamendhoo had the largest range of moray eel species, including a pale white moray eel, however due to the stunning plate coral at Vilamendhoo, it probably also created more places for them to hide 🙂

Clams (Tridacna)

I love the stunning colour of clams, especially the vivid blue clams.  The larger the clam the more impressive. I saw a documentary called ‘pacific’ a six-part series which had a short clip about a protected reef called Kingman reef with an abundance of clams and huge giant clams. Unfortunately only research scientists are allowed to visit, but at least that keeps the reef safe and protected.

I have seen some pretty large clams, but I am still to see a huge giant clam. Can you spot which photos are the larger clams below?

The Tridacna genus contains two subgenera and the following species:

Subgenus Tridacna (Tridacna):

  • Tridacna derasa
  • Tridacna Gigas
  • Tridacna Tevoroa

Subgenus Tridacna (Chametrachea)

  • Tridacna Costata
  • Tridacna Crocea
  • Tridacna Maxima
  • Tridacna Rosewateri
  • Tridacna Squamosa

Biyadhoo Snorkeling – Sep 2012

Biyadhoo was the 3rd island we visited in September 2012. We were looking for a cheap 11 night getaway and chose one of the most basic/rustic islands in the Maldives. I’d done a lot of research on the island on the Maldives Forum on Tripadvisor under my name (MaldivesDreamer) and quickly realised that this island would be ‘back to basics’ with a canteen style restaurant, only 1 bar and no Maldivian luxuries. however the reef was meant to be amazing, so I booked it. The reef was impressive, but the visibility was quite poor when we visited, making it all the more difficult to get those pictures I wanted! We saw a good variety of fish, but really hard to search hard to see the big stuff, like sharks, turtles and rays etc. Maybe they were on holiday at a different island 🙂 We had a fantastic time at Biyadhoo and would go again for the reef. We have certainly seen better reefs such as Vilamendhoo and Athuruga, but for a cheap holiday Biyadhoo was worthwhile.