Thudufushi, Maldives 2018 - Photos 3

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Sharks and rays

A White-tip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) passes by at Panettone Kandu.

White-tip reef sharks (Triaenodon obesus) and Grey Reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) at Maafaru Corner.

A Reef Manta ray (Manta alfredi) poses for Swiss dive buddy Daniel at Maafaru Corner, an often sensational manta cleaning station.

And one poses for me shortly afterwards.

A formation fly-past a few minutes later.

Seven separate mantas circled around us the entire dive.

A Spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) decides to join in.

He circles around to get cleaned alongside the mantas.

There was a lot of suspended matter in the water this year - you can see it clearly on some of these photos.

A great dive!

A Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) snoozes under a coral block at Rehi Thila.

A Stingray (Taeniura melanospila) at Panettone Kandu.

Chokka meets the dive boat returning after an afternoon dive.

Panettone sandbar 5 minutes boat-ride from the island, as seen from the seaplane.  The dive site Panettone Manta Point is well to the left of the sandbar, and Panettone Kandu runs from right to left across the middle of the photo beyond the sandbar.  In the background you can see the light-blue outline of Maafaru lagoon, with the ocean swell breaking white on its left side - part of the atoll's fringing reef.  To the left, next stop is Africa. 

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