Recent Jetty and Lagoon finds

Surrounding most islands in the Maldives are shallow lagoons, getting onto the island is often difficult without a jetty. On resort or tourist islands there are usually a few jetties over these lagoons, used for water villas, arrival/departure jetties, and even supply jetties. Jetties allow us to view the oceans from above. They are great…

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Squid or Cuttlefish

Squid or Cuttlefish …wait calamar? What is a sepia then? … This is something our dive crew was thinking about recently, after watching a pair of squid from our jetty. Squid can also be known as calamar in some countries (think calamari). Cuttlefish are sometimes referred to as sepia. Sepia is the name of the…

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The Year 2022

The year 2022 is slowly coming to an end and what a year it has been. We had some exhilarating times, great moments, good news and many laughs – that’s what it is all about. The COVID scare is finally over. and we can travel again without annoying restrictions. We are happy and excited for…

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2022 Manta Season

2022 Manta Season – we had brilliant seven months! We are now saying goodbye to the last mantas of this year. Everyone knows you can never predict wildlife, but we found this season to be particularly unique. What we thought we knew We know our manta season runs from May to November, during the southwest…

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Meet Ed from Latvia

Ed is from Riga in Latvia and grew up a polyglot speaking Latvian, English, German and Russian flawlessly. For a couple of years he also lived and went to school in Karlsruhe, Germany when he was 15 years of age. The closest he came to the Maldives was in 2019 / 2020, when he was…

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The Trapping Zone

Just recently the depths of the Maldives were explored for the very first time! What they found was pretty cool! An area/ecosystem first of its kind. They are referring to it as “the trapping zone”,  creating as oasis of life at around 500 meters depth. Scientists from all over came to take part in The Nekton…

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Harlequin Shrimp and Snapping Shrimp

Harlequin shrimp and snapping shrimp for one are very hard to take photos of but we are lucky to have snapped one or two for you. Here is what else you should now about them. Harlequin Shrimp They are definitely one of the most beautiful marine invertebrates in the world – just look at them.…

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Mantis Shrimp and Squat Shrimp

Mantis shrimp and squat shrimp are the first two shrimp we would like to introduce to you in more detail. Mantis Shrimp They are carnivores that grow to up to 10cm in length while a few can reach 38cm. There are fish stabbing, grasping and smasher versions of mantis shrimp. The smasher feeds on snails and hermit…

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1000 species of shrimp

About 1000 species of shrimp live in the tropical seas. To name just a few here we go: Harlequin shrimp Banded Boxer shrimp Hinge-beak shrimp Anemone shrimp Imperial shrimp Sea star shrimp Whipcoral shrimp Thin armed shrimp Cleaner shrimp Tapestry marble shrimp Snapping shrimp Squat shrimp Featherstar shrimp They can be herbivores, plantivores, carnivores or…

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Do fish sleep?

Do fish sleep? This is an interesting question. There is still so much study to be done on this topic, not a whole lot is known about fish sleep. Fish do not sleep in the same way as us humans. Firstly, fish do not have eye lids so there is no way they can close…

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