With gorgeous white-sand beaches, clean oceans, and opulent resorts, the Maldives’ topography is already breathtaking. Underneath its alluring exterior, however, is something even better: a thriving aquatic life that can easily exceed your expectations and astound you. Here are some of the creatures you can meet on your next trip.
Manta rays are thought to have the largest brains of all the species of cold-blooded fish. They are very intelligent and can even pass the mirror test, which may help to explain this. Manta rays can perform remarkable self-directed activities, such as dolphins and elephants, as well as contingency checking.
They are the largest and slowest swimming fish in the ocean that feeds on filters. The length of each confirmed individual is 18.8 meters. It extends its powerful jaws when it wants to eat and passively filters everything that gets in its way. With their enormous gaping mouths, they suck up neighbouring small fishes, plants, and other creatures that are swimming close to the water’s surface.
The Maldives is home to seven different kinds of sea turtles, often known as marine turtles: green, loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, olive ridley, hawksbill, flatback, and leatherback. In comparison to their terrestrial or freshwater relatives, sea turtles generally have a more fusiform body pattern. And unlike many other turtles and tortoises, sea turtles cannot retreat their head and limbs into their shells for protection because of this tapering at both ends.
Where they commonly are
Manta rays like to feed in Hanifaru Bay in the Baa Atoll. While scuba diving is no longer legal, you may still swim or snorkel among these gentle giants and get up close to whale sharks. Between June and the beginning of October is the ideal season to travel. Dhigurah in the South Ari Atoll is a location where you can take part in whale shark snorkelling or diving. South Ari Atoll is another excellent place to watch whale sharks. The best months for sightings are from August to November, though they are excellent year-round. The northeast monsoon, which lasts from around October to May, is another time when manta rays can be spotted. If you want to see them, you can easily book one of Maldives beach hotels the likes of Cinnamon Velifushi Maldives, and have your hotel arrange an excursion for you.