Butterflies of the Maldives

If you have dived with us you have already met some butterflies of the Maldives and been wowed by the dazzling colours and patterns of the butterflyfishes on our reefs.  You might have even noticed that some have a familiar fake eye spot, but have you taken the time to check out their terrestrial brethren,…

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Fish Relationships

Fish relationships come in all types; some are easy and others are more difficult. Some fish live in families or harems, some in pairs and then there are the ones who live completely on their own. Here are are few of the relationships we spot while diving and snorkleing in the Maldives. Harems Harems form…

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Juvenile Reef Fish

Did you know that some reef fish look completely different in their juvenile stage? You may have seen many baby fish and not even known due to the drastic transformation they make throughout their life. Some baby reef fish look identical to their adult stage like for the example black foot anemone fish and the…

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Sharkproject Switzerland’s member Anke

Sharkproject Switzerland’s representative Anke Apelt is here to check up on shark research and of course also to do as many dives as possible. BOOT Exhibition In January 2020, just before COVID changed everything, I was visiting the boat & diving exhibition BOOT in Düsseldorf, Germany. I was there to promote our dive centres at…

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Operation Cleanup and Weird Lagoon Creatures

How operation cleanup up came to be Here at Brennia Kottefaru we occasionally have some spare time between dives. So, we decided to do Operation Cleanup in our lagoon. We noticed on the resort staff board they planned to do one too. So, of course, we pooled our resources and did it together. It is…

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Ghost Pipefish

While out on an easy beginner dive, Alex one of our instructors spotted a pair of ornate ghost pipefish along the Kihaa house reef!  This is very exciting news for us as they are quite a rare find but often stay in the same place for a while. As soon as Marc found out he…

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Stingrays in the Maldives

Many types of stingrays in the Maldives cruise the shallow lagoons of the islands. Others prefer to lie in deep caves only to be seen by passing divers.  Often confused with a manta ray with its triangular wing and large size, stingrays are a round shape and use their disc-like body in a ripple motion…

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Spotting Sharks for National Geographic

Spotting Sharks for National Geographic This past month, we spent a week diving with a film crew from National Geographic. They are shooting a documentary of the Blacktip Reef Sharks in the Maldives that have a very peculiar skin pattern, caused by a genetic disorder. The film crew included Alex Sherratt (Director – Roller Coaster…

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How do nudibranchs find each other in the big wide open ocean?

Nudibranchs are part of the sea slug family. The 2500 plus species come in an array of different colours. Some are bright, some dull, some fluorescently patterned, some with big horns, some teeny tiny, some stretching up to 30-40 cm in length! All known nudis are carnivorous and usually their coloration is due to what…

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1 hour at our Manta Cleaning Station

What you can see during a 1 hour at our Manta Cleaning Station: Sometimes you see a brown cloud coming out of a mantas rear end. This means the manta is having a poo. On occasion you see a bag like ‘thing’ several times coming in and out of the mantas rear end. It is…

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