Thudufushi, Maldives 2017 - Photos 4

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Reef Life 2, inc video of dolphins!

A Reef Octopus (Octopus cyanea) hiding in a hole at Kuda Miaru Thila during the day.
A Reef Octopus (Octopus cyanea) hiding in a hole at Kuda Miaru Thila during the day.
A nudibranch - Varicose Phyllidia (Phyllidia varicosa) at Kuda Miaru Thila.
A Varicose Phyllidia nudibranch (Phyllidia varicosa) at Kuda Miaru Thila.
And a pair of Rose Phyllidiella nudibranchs (Phyllidiella rosans) get acquainted at Thudufushi Thila.
And a pair of Rose Phyllidiella nudibranchs (Phyllidiella rosans) get acquainted at Thudufushi Thila.
A pair of Fire Goby or Fire Dartfish (Nemateleotris magnifica) prepare to defend their patch at Kuda Miaru Thila.
A pair of Fire Goby or Fire Dartfish (Nemateleotris magnifica) prepare to defend their patch at Kuda Miaru Thila.
Pretty Caerulean Damsels (Pomacentrus caeruleus) at Kuda Miaru Thila.
Pretty Caerulean Damsels (Pomacentrus caeruleus) at Kuda Miaru Thila.
A Bronze Soldierfish (Myripristis adusta) passes some colourful hard and soft corals at Thudufushi Thila.
A Bronze Soldierfish (Myripristis adusta) passes some colourful hard and soft corals at Thudufushi Thila.
A group of Bigeye Emperor or Large-eyed Sea Bream (Monotaxis grandoculis) face the current at Thudufushi Thila.
A group of Bigeye Emperor or Large-eyed Sea Bream (Monotaxis grandoculis) face the current at Thudufushi Thila.
I surprised this Blackspotted Pufferfish (Arothron nigropunctatus) in the act of being cleaned - you can just make out the Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) in front of and below it.
I surprised this Blackspotted Pufferfish (Arothron nigropunctatus) in the act of being cleaned - you can just make out the Bluestreak 
				Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) in front of and below it.
A pair of Blue Surgeonfish (Acanthurus leucosternon) on the left lead a pair of Saddleback Butterflyfish (Chaetodon falcula) across the reef at Moofushi Kandu, surrounded by a group of the variously-named Orange Butterfly Perch or Lyretail Anthias or Goldie (Pseudanthias squamipinnis).
A pair of Blue Surgeonfish (Acanthurus leucosternon) on the left lead a pair of Saddleback Butterflyfish (Chaetodon falcula) across the reef 
					at Moofushi Kandu, surrounded by a group of the variously-named Orange Butterfly Perch or Lyretail Anthias or Goldie (Pseudanthias squamipinnis).

As we returned to Thudufushi from a successful trip to Tamala Thila, a pod of dolphins came over to the dive boat and started playing in the boat's bow-wave.  Ignore the drop of water on the lens...

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