Located right at the tropics, Maldives is home to a diverse range of marine creatures. Read on to know about some of the unique species of marine creatures that live in the waters surrounding the Maldives.
Being the largest species of the genus Mobula, manta rays can grow up to 7 meters in width and a full grown ray can weigh up to 1600 kilograms. These creatures are filter feeds and they predominantly feed on krill; they swim gracefully over the vast reaches of tropical waters and they thrive in them. You can spot these creatures at popular diving hotspots in the Maldives.
All of the Maldives’s islands are made by corals; over millions of years congregation of corals layer by layer created atolls and when they rose above sea level, they became islands. Today the shallow waters surrounding the islands support a vast variety of corals which form reefs, the reefsoffers habitat for millions of marine creatures.
Almost all species of sea turtles can be spotted in the ocean surrounding the Maldives. Two of the most commonly found turtle species are the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle. Travellers have a high chance of spotting them while they are stationed a remote beach resort in Maldives the likes of Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
Fish and crustaceans
Due to the abundant supply of food and the perfect aquatic conditions, Maldives supports vibrant varieties of reef fish, sharks and dolphins. Even whales arrive here during their migratory seasons. There is also a wide range of shellfish and crustaceans such as lobsters, crabs and many more.