Maldives 2009: Photos 6
Even more diving photos....
Giant Moray, Gymnothorax javanicus, pokes his head well out of his nook to peer at me at Kuda Miaru Thila....
...and another one a few yards further on.
The nudibranch Varicose Phyllidia, Phyllida varicosa, at Kuda Miaru Thila.
Two more nudibranchs - this time Rudman's Phyllidiella, Phyllidiella rudmani, at Athuruga Thila.
A Hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, at Athuruga Thila.
Three White-tip reef sharks, Triaenodon obesus, pass by in the distance at Mama Giri.
After I scraped some skin off my forearm on some coral at Panettone Kandu and started leaking blood into the water (it looks black under water), this white-tip reef shark came to investigate. I hastily pushed a couple of other divers between me and it....
The white-tip comes round again for another sniff.
Circling above Thudufushi Thila thirty meters away, the only two Spotted eagle rays, Aetobatus narinari, I saw this holiday. Not one of my best photos....
Great Barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda, at Panettone Kandu.
Some sort of Porcupine fish, Diodontidae, about 60cm long, at Panettone Kandu, but I can't find it in my reference books. Perhaps Spotted burrfish, Chilomycterus atringa, though this is an Atlantic fish.
Here it is again.