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.