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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Shark Research by Gibbs Kuguru

Finding the Bite They just wouldn’t bite! It didn’t matter what the variables were: bait-type, time of day, nor the location. The Blacktip Reef Sharks in the Maldives were simply not interested. Watching these sharks constantly turn away from me, I became despondent. It felt like “la mar” (the sea), was withholding her favour from…

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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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