Prison Break!

Prison Break!

On the inner lagoon side of Bokkafushi Island where we head for our picnics and snorkeling excursions, we came across hundreds of ‘Convict Tangs’, furiously swimming around and devouring any fish eggs that are often are attached to the shallow corals.

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A great find

A great find

During the Bokkafushi island trip, Jude spied a ‘False Stonefish’ from the surface at a depth of around 6m- super spotting! Taken from their Latin name of Scorpaenopsis diabolus, they are sometimes referred to as ‘Devil Scorpionfish’.

This species of scorpionfish is quite rare here in Laamu Atoll. This is the first we have spotted in ten months.

Jungle Trekking

Laamu Atoll and Gan Island allows travelers to get deep inside the interior of Maldivian islands. Today I made another Jeep Safari with Fauzi who….basically knows everything about everything. Image

On the eastern side of the island, close to where there are some remains of an ancient buddhist temple site, there are plenty of fruit bats to be seen. These are not actually ‘real’ bats as they do not have echo-location abilities to catch insects on the wing like ‘real’ bats. Fruit bats aka flying foxes grow huge. Occasionally seen during the day, they are especially visible in the twilight flying overhead.

Greenpeace Indian Ocean Tour

Greenpeace came to Laamu Atoll to held an international conference on sustainable tuna fisherie, at Reveries Diving Village…

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http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/pole-and-line-fishing-catching-tuna-one-by-one-20121102

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It was very nice to meet all these interesting people!

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And we had the chance to spend an evening on the Rainbow Warrior 3!!! (si si, meme moi ^_^)

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And to play in the Captain Cabin

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We couldn’t play with the Helicopter though… ^_^

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We also met some members of Ecocare Maldives

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http://ecocare.mv/

And the next day we had the pleasure to dive and snorkel with some Greenpeace members at Berashdhoo Faru, where we saw white tip sharks, plenty of schooling fusiliers, some batfish and lionfish.

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It was a pleasure to welcome you all! Safe travel 🙂

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Ghosts in the Maldives

Hopefully nobody will realise that its November 1st….

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This photo was taken last week at a depth of only 2m… I was teaching a PADI Open Water course at Olhuveli, looked over and there they were. Strangely enough, this is the second time that a pair of ‘seagrass ghost pipefish’ have joined me during a course- the other was in Egypt.