Maldives - Nature and Wildlife
The islands that make up Maldives are characterised by beautiful blue oceans and amazing white sandy beaches. There are over 2,000 species of fish found in the waters surrounding the islands. There are mantra rays, stingrays and eagle rays as well as many kinds of anemones and jellyfish. Octopus, squid and clams are common, so too are giant clams. The number of sharks in Maldives has steadily decreased in recent decades due to the process of shark finning which involves cutting off a shark’s fin and then returning them to the water where they die from suffocation. The Maldives were a large exporter of shark fins, selling them to places like China, Hong Kong and Taiwan where they are used in soups. However, on 1 July 2010, the Maldivian government banned shark fishing all together. They also established a shark sanctuary zone that covers 90,000 sq.kms (34,750 sq.miles) of Maldivian waters.
Due to the small size of the island nation there are very few land-based mammals and reptiles (and no domestic dogs). There is only one species of flying fox and one shrew species that are endemic to the islands and there is only one gecko species as well as some snakes. Most of the mammals and reptiles found in Maldives are in the water. Whales and dolphins are common, so too are sea turtles like the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle and the leatherback turtle. There are also various sea snakes and even saltwater crocodiles. Much like the mammals and reptiles, the most common birds in Maldives are pelagic or ocean birds.
The Baa Atoll was named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in June 2011. UNESCO recognised the Baa Atoll’s “great potential for demonstrating sustainable development throughout the Maldives and the region, while relying on a green economy.” The atoll covers 1,200 sq.km and has some of the richest coral reefs in the world. Hanifaru is a bay located in the atoll and is very popular due to the seasonal gatherings of manta rays and whale sharks which attract many tourists each year.The bay is to become one of the main protected areas in the biosphere reserve.
Maldives Travel Information
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Learn about the history and culture of Maldives, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Maldives's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Maldives for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Maldives vacations today!
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