The Maldives' rich underwater life

marine animals
The Maldives' rich underwater life

Out at sea, large numbers of colourful fish and underwater creatures shimmer under the sun.

With its several hundred species, the seabed of the Maldives dazzles all those who have had a chance to dive here. 240 varieties of corals with original shapes have been found in the turquoise waters of the archipelago. More than 1,000 different types of fish swim near the atolls and in the reefs: tuna and napoleon fish mingle with angelfish and clownfish. To preserve all these riches, the government protects many marine species, including sharks and rays. Among the 26 species of sharks (all harmless), the fox shark or the whale shark cruise alongside magnificent sting rays or eagle rays. Turtles also populate these waters, mostly green turtles, which are easily observed, while larger leatherback turtles have become less prevalent. They come lay their eggs on the Maldivian beaches. Seeing the eggs hatch and the small reach the sea is a fantastic moment. If you are lucky enough to see the turtles laying their eggs (November-December), make sure to stay at a distance, don't shine your light towards the animal (egg laying is often nocturnal) and keep as quiet as possible.