The Wildlife in the Maldives – Creatures of Maldives!

The isolated islands of Maldives contain only a few land animals but the tropical ocean surrounding the Maldives teems with rich biodiversity and it is home to some spectacular ocean creatures. Read on to know more about the wildlife in Maldives.

Turtle | Image Credit : U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region, Hawksbill Sea Turtle Carey de Concha (5840602412), CC BY 2.0

Turtle | Image Credit : U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region, Hawksbill Sea Turtle Carey de Concha (5840602412), CC BY 2.0

The Reefs

Reefs are the lifeblood of Maldives since all the islands are formed by corals. The sole reason for the vibrant distribution of sea creatures around the archipelago are the coral reefs. They provide shelter for small fishes that in turn attracts larger predatory fish which forms an ecosystem. Most of the Maldives 5 star hotels and resorts the likes of Adaaran Prestige Vadoo are located amidst coral islands and you can witness these wondrous ecosystems by joining a diving charter offered at your resort.

Reef dwelling creatures

Reefs form a substantial ecosystem that is home to crustaceans, reef fish as well as moray eels and octopuses. Some of the most vividly coloured fish species that you can find in the reefs include butterflyfishes, anemone fish, and parrot fish.

Rays and turtles

Divers say that five of the seven sea turtle’s species can be spotted in the seas around the Maldives. Enigmatic creatures; the Manta ray which is also one of the most abundantly found creatures in the seas surrounding the Maldives, can be spotted around almost all the popular dive sites scattered around the archipelago.

Other creatures

There are a few creatures in the Maldives that live on land a small number of lizards and iguanas can be rarely spotted on the islands, while hermit crabs, seagulls along with some migratory birds can be regularly spotted during your time in the islands.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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