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Maldives underwater: the most impressive aquarium of Mother Nature

The underwater reef life of the Maldives is among the most colourful and diverse in the world. Scores of countless tropical fish, of all sorts, patterns and colour combinations, capture the eyes behind the diver's or snorkeller's mask and the fins do not need to propel fast; most of the fish seem not to be annoyed by the human presence, leaving plenty of room for underwater photography. The pictures presented here were all taken with my Sony U60 underwater camera while snorkelling over the Filitheyo island house reef. Where applicable, the name of the specific fish has been entered, followed by the average size (centimetres) in brackets.
Small-spotted Dart (30)
Small-spotted Dart (30)
Highfin Rudderfish (30)
Highfin Rudderfish (30)
Spotted Unicornfish (25)
Spotted Unicornfish (25)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540514.KhcHlQVv.jpg Bluefin Jack (60)
Bluefin Jack (60)
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t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540517.DaplbnQp.jpg t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540518.Vw4PmMOI.jpg Lined Bristletooth Surgeonfish (15)
Lined Bristletooth Surgeonfish (15)
Eye-stripe Surgeonfish (30)
Eye-stripe Surgeonfish (30)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540521.0MZvf2DZ.jpg Powder-blue Surgeonfish (18)
Powder-blue Surgeonfish (18)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540523.axw3daYc.jpg t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540524.tLqZ6iUs.jpg Lined Surgeonfish (20)
Lined Surgeonfish (20)
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t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540532.s8LUU5h8.jpg Blackspot Snapper (30)
Blackspot Snapper (30)
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Greasy Grouper (50)
Greasy Grouper (50)
Blackside Hawkfish (15)
Blackside Hawkfish (15)
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t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540581.NaW94JCd.jpg Masked Bannerfish (20)
Masked Bannerfish (20)
Black Pyramid Butterflyfish (15)
Black Pyramid Butterflyfish (15)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540585.MDeFrIue.jpg Threespot Angelfish (18)
Threespot Angelfish (18)
Moorish Idol (15)
Moorish Idol (15)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540588.9PgMSgln.jpg (Above:) Elongate Surgeonfish (30)
(Above:) Elongate Surgeonfish (30)
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t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540591.w5gFgKRH.jpg t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540592.fvO7fpJr.jpg Orange-striped Triggerfish (25)
Orange-striped Triggerfish (25)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540594.ewCsaiNH.jpg t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540595.7UxX48Y4.jpg Bluestriped Sabretooth Blenny (11)
Bluestriped Sabretooth Blenny (11)
Six-barred Wrasse (18)
Six-barred Wrasse (18)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540598.qHnyKpeN.jpg Coral Rabbitfish (30)
Coral Rabbitfish (30)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540600.3TbKOmz3.jpg Convict Surgeonfish (15)
Convict Surgeonfish (15)
Oriental Sweetlips (50)
Oriental Sweetlips (50)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540844.t0MMFt9S.jpg Indian Bannerfish (18)
Indian Bannerfish (18)
Peacock Rock Cod (35)
Peacock Rock Cod (35)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540847.AqpI4anK.jpg Regal Angelfish (20)
Regal Angelfish (20)
Oval Butterflyfish (14)
Oval Butterflyfish (14)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540850.xqYDNZad.jpg Longnose Parrotfish (50)
Longnose Parrotfish (50)
Bridled Parrotfish (45)
Bridled Parrotfish (45)
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Blackeye Thicklip Wrasse (50)
Blackeye Thicklip Wrasse (50)
Parrotfish
Parrotfish
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Parrotfish
Parrotfish
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(Foreground:) Bicolour Parrotfish (80)
(Foreground:) Bicolour Parrotfish (80)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540861.DU3fECPl.jpg t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540862.sf9niRUW.jpg
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540863.epiUIRzC.jpg t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64540865.Be4fqazx.jpg Roundhead Parrotfish (70)
Roundhead Parrotfish (70)
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t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64541303.e4tHuNlo.jpg t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64541442.SOVFsOkh.jpg Finding Nemo: Maldive Anemonefish (9)
"Finding Nemo": Maldive Anemonefish (9)
t1%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f64541305.uUPuEohZ.jpg Vlaming's Unicornfish (40)
Vlaming's Unicornfish (40)
Indian Triggerfish (25)
Indian Triggerfish (25)
Clown Triggerfish (35)
Clown Triggerfish (35)
Blotched Porcupinefish (45)
Blotched Porcupinefish (45)
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Sea turtle
Sea turtle
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