Marine Life of Maldives – Fascinating Creatures of the Maldives Ocean

The warm tropical ocean surrounding Maldives is rich in biodiversity and it teems with fascinating Sea creatures. Continue reading to know more about the sea life of Maldivian oceans.

The Reefs

The islands of Maldives have been formed by coral reefs and these reefs are the life blood of the Maldivian oceans. These reefs house two varieties of corals they are namely hard and soft corals. When dead, hard corals leave behind limestone skeletons, on which more corals grow this endless chain has created a beautiful ecosystem in the ocean floor which can now be witnessed around resorts and beaches of Maldives. Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort is one of the resorts located close to the reefs and where you can appreciate this gift of nature.

Reef occupants

Reefs form a massive ecosystem that is home to schools of fish as well as moray eels and octopuses and crustaceans. Some of the most vibrantly coloured fish species you can find in the reefs include butterflyfishes, clown fishes, and parrot fishes. You can see many other fishes and sea creatures of all sorts and sizes during your dive and diving sessions can be arranged easily if you are stationed in one of the Maldives luxury resorts.

Rays and turtles

Stingrays and manta rays effortlessly swim around the reefs and these enigmatic and majestic creatures are certainly a delight to watch. Turtles are equally peaceful and feeble sea creatures that live around the reefs and. five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world can be spotted in Maldivian seas and if you are lucky you can see them up-close and personal during your diving or snorkeling session.

Sharks

Sharks are certainly the most misunderstood creatures in the world. Even though most of the sharks are predators, almost all shark species that live around the reefs are completely harmless. The reef shark, nurse shark, leopard shark and the Angel shark are some of the harmless and smaller varieties of shark species that can be witnessed on the reefs of Maldivian waters.

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Maldives Culture and Lifestyle – The Values of Maldives!

We all know that the Maldives is one of the best tourist destinations in the world but how many of us know that it is a country that boasts a rich and vibrant culture and a nation that is bound by norms and traditions that has been followed for centuries.

Cultural History

The earliest settlers of the Maldives were believed to be seafarers from India of Aryan origin and it is also believed that later, settlers from Africa and Sri Lanka too arrived and began to inhabit the pristine islands.

Social Norms and Religion

The Maldives is a strictly Muslim nation and the sharia law and other restrictions are strictly imposed on the people of Maldives. Failing to follow these laws may result in high penalties and severe punishments. But tourists don’t have to worry much as they mostly spend their vacation at hotels or Maldives luxury resorts and wear anything they like. But remember when visiting the populated areas of the Maldives you should wear clothing that will cover shoulders and legs.

Language

The national language of the Maldives is Divehi. This is a distinctive language that is only spoken by Maldivians. The language, however, has many similarities to Sinhala which is a language spoken in Sri Lanka.

Cuisine

Maldives food is primarily based on seafood which is the ocean surrounding the Maldives is very much abundant in. Tuna is a staple in Maldivian cuisine and it is very much influenced by Indian and Sri Lankan food preparation methods. You can savour traditional Maldivian food in almost all the resorts located in the archipelago and Naladhu Private Island Maldives is one of them.

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Witnessing the Sea Life of Maldives – See the Wondrous Creations of Nature!

The Maldives is an archipelago surrounded by a sea that is rich in biodiversity. The tropical location and the corals surrounding the island provides shelter to a number of sea creatures. Read on to know about some of the unique creatures of the Maldives Sea.

The Coral

Corals are the predominant sea creatures of the Maldives islands; they are the reason for the formation of an archipelago in the first place. There are two types of corals that can be commonly found in the seas of Maldives the first one is the hard coral and the other is the soft coral both of them are very delicate creatures and you should admire their beauty without touching or harming them.

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Reef Fish

Attracted by the corals millions of reef fish teem the reef floor giving the snorkeler/diver a visual treat.

Some of the colourful kinds of fish you can find here are clownfish, the Moorish Idol, the Napoleon Wrasse, butterfly fish, the Oriental Sweet lip, the triggerfish, parrotfish, and angelfish.

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The Rays

Rays are one of the most majestic sea creatures of the Maldives Sea. These creatures gracefully swim the oceans and are totally harmless as they are filter feeders. You can see these creatures up-close and personal in most of the diving spots that that are scattered across the Maldives Sea. You can sign up for a diving session at almost all of the Maldives luxury hotels the likes of Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

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Turtles

Among the uncommon sea creatures found in Maldives, turtles have an important place. Five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world can be spotted in Maldivian seas. The turtle varieties you can see here are namely, the Green turtle, hawksbill turtle, the Olive Ridley, Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles. All of these turtles are considered as threatened species and the country has several ongoing conservation programmes in order to protect these feeble creatures. You can see them by visiting any of the sea turtle rehabilitation or recovery centres scattered across the islands of Maldives.

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Whales and Dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins are the most commonly found dolphin species in the seas of Maldives. Seeing these friendly and highly intelligent creatures will definitely be an exciting experience. You can also see another sea mammal on your trip to Maldives that is the magnificent humpback whales. These gentle giants can be seen between the months of October to November.

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