The only porc you can find locally in the Maldives

As a muslim nation, the Maldives bans the import of all pork products… but nobody told the porcupine fish! This is a large one that hangs out in the afternoon. Initially shy, I have been using all of my subliminal mind skills to try to convince it that I come in peace and mean no harm.

It is in a tricky position to photograph. It is sitting under a small overhang which creates shade compared to the light blue of the water in the background and so this background exposure often gets ‘blown out’. 


A cleaner wrasse can also be seen doing its thing. 


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