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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!

 

Kuramathi, Maldives Snorkeling

I have just returned from a 2 week holiday to Kuramathi, Maldives (Nov/Dec 2014)  where I snorkeled the house reef every day. The snorkeling was better than I’d remembered, as Kuramathi was the first island we ever visited in 2010. We don’t normally return to the same island, but we saw a good offer and as we only stayed for a week last time, thought it would be good to return. The house reef is good, although it is only on one side and the visibility can be quite poor which is an underwater photographers nightmare! To be honest no island has perfect visibility and I’ve had problems with sediment and back scatter on all the islands I’ve visited. So here is a snap shot of the photos I took – enjoy 🙂

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

 

Why I love the Maldives!

Turquoise waters, pristine powder white sand, stunning underwater scenery – what is there not to like about the Maldives? It’s pure heaven on earth and my second home 🙂

I absolutely love snorkeling and diving and the Maldives has some of the best coral reefs in the world. I have been to the Maldives 4 times and slightly addicted. So far I have visited:

  • Kuramathi & Atoll Explorer
  • Vilamendoo
  • Biyadhoo
  • Athuruga

If you haven’t already been – I would certainly recommend it 🙂