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Must See Marine Life When In Maldives – An Otherworldly Experience Not To Be Missed

Although one might think the Maldives is all about white sandy beaches, jaw-dropping views and luxurious accommodation, this magnificent chain of islands scattered over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean is home to arguably the world’s best collection of marine species. Divers and snorkelers, scroll down to get a glimpse of some of the must see coral and marine life that you can spot if you are ever in the Maldives.

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The Stunning Coral Reefs

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Evolved over millions of years, the reef beds form the natural foundation on which this chain of islands exists on. Coral reefs surround each one of the 1,200 islands providing individual coral beds around each island and are home to a vast array of marine species. Several resorts in the Maldives offer incredible sites for diving and snorkelling fanatics, such as Adaaran Prestige Vadoo which has its own house reef.

Reef species

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Creating a wondrous eco-system to many reef species including filter feeders namely, sea-squirts, clams, starfish, hermit crabs and banded coral shrimp, the reefs also provide shelter to a wide array of fish species; these include moray eels, wrasse, scorpion fish, gold striped angel fish and much more.

The magnificent sharks

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Although the shallow lagoons surrounding the islands are frequented by small reef sharks to feed on reef fish, mature sharks are only spotted in the deep seas. The species spotted here include large hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, tiger and blue sharks and black-tip reef sharks.

Whale and Dolphins

Gentle and friendly dolphins are often seen swimming alongside speedboats. If lucky, you can watch the mischievous somersaulting bottlenose and spinner dolphins. Whale watching is usually arranged by many resorts in the Maldives and you have the chance to see gigantic blue and sperm whales.

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