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Velaa / ވެލާ

Five of the seven species of sea turtles can be found in the Maldives, with the two most common being the Hawksbill turtle and the Green Turtle, often sighted living on the reef. These are highly protected by law as they are critically endangered creatures in the world. Hawksbill turtle is surely a creature that you dream of coming across while you snorkel in Maldives. You can easily spot of them in our house reef.

Moray Eel

Ven / ވެން

Moray eel is the largest type of eel that sums up to 1 to 2 meter size. There are 200 different fishes of its kind found in fresh, marine and brackish waters. And you can also see them majority in all the reefs in the Maldives. They prefer warmer water and can be often found in the shallow close the the coral reeds.

Despite large teeth, the moray eel is a very calm fish, whose negative reputation is probably earned from its appearance.

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Eagle Ray

Vaifiya Madi / ވައިފިޔަ މަޑި

Eagle ray is usually around one or two meters in wing span with a diamond body shape as their pectoral fins are pointed at the ends, their tails are quite long and they are a well-defined rhomboidal shape featuring distinct wings. The spotted eagle ray is one of the most beautiful rays and is also known as the bonnet ray.

Compared to other ray family, Eagle rays tend to live in the open ocean rather than on the bottom of the sea, But they are also often found gliding through the water column when they are not busy foraging on the ocean floor.

Cowtail Stingray

Keyo'faiyh'madi / ކެޔޮފަތްމަޑި

Its name refers to its unusual tail. The Cowtail Stingray has a disc that is slightly wider than long. They have small eyes and a very wide interorbital space. The tail is about twice the length of the disc. The upper surface of the disc is a uniform grey, brown or black. The lower surface is white. The tail is depressed basally becoming more cylindrical distally. The broad skin flap and tip of the tail are black.

The species is common in inshore tropical waters, venturing into estuaries and sometimes freshwater. They tend to be inquisitive and approach closely if fish have been speared.


Madi Miyaru / މަޑި މިޔަރު

The guitarfish is a family of rays. They have a body form intermediate between those of sharks and rays, other often confused with sharks, especially when seen underwater for the first time. The tail has a typical shark-like form, but in many species the head has a triangular, or shovel-like shape, rather than the disc-shape formed by fusion with the pectoral fin found in other ray. Maldivian fisherman for example simply refer to them as sharks. The largest of their kind possible reach to 3 meters.

They are or most often seen while resting on the sandy bottoms in the vicinity of coral reefs. They swim in a shark like manner with lateral strokes of the tail and caudal fin not by undulating their pectoral fins like most rays do.

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