Mol's Lido

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Reply #615

Here's something a little different - flying fish.

Each evening a large lamp was hung over the stern of the boat, and plankton gathered under it. We anchored in a different place every night, and always had a different mix of plankton. One night, there were loads of baby flying fish, less than an inch long. There seemed to be several species. Here are some photos of them, plus a couple of full-size ones spotted out of the water at other times.

In some of the pics of the baby flying fish you can also see Sapphirina copepods. They have fine crystal layers on their body which reflect light of a particular wavelength (in this case blue, but there are also red ones with a different layer spacing).

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Attached a photo I took showing thousands of them!
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Reply #616

Here's a cute little fish! Only a baby, just 12 feet long.
Note the Pilot fish casting its shadow on the side of the Whale Shark's head.

Photo taken from the stern of our boat, above the water using a polarising photo and a bucketful of good luck!
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Reply #617

The boat's crew caught fish to feed us, as we travelled around the Maldives. Here's a good haul caught from the dinghy one evening being brought onboard and prepared.

Among the fish we ate were Black Spot Emperor, Bluefin Jack, and Green Jobfish - all tasted excellent!
They also caught a Titan Triggerfish but that was unhooked and put back - perhaps they are protected like Parrotfish?
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Reply #618

Keep it coming Paul


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Keep it coming Paul
Will do! Doesn't everyone love Orcas?
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Reply #620

That’s just made me very jealous, I’ve cancelled Christmas to find a trip to the Maldives next year now.


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Reply #621

That’s just made me very jealous, I’ve cancelled Christmas to find a trip to the Maldives next year now.
I travelled with Charles Anderson, a marine biologist who has spent around 30 years working in the Maldives. He has written several books on the fish of the maldives.
Whale and Dolphin Company - Whale and Dolphin watching holidays
The excellent boat we used was the Keana:
Keana | Malediven Tauchsafari
On the 11-day cruise from Male' to Thaa Atoll and back, we saw 7 species of dolphin, 7 species of whale, 5 species of shark, 3 species of turtle, and uncountable fish while snorkelling on about 20 different reefs.

Dolphins: spinner, fraser's, risso's, spotted, indo-pacific bottlenose, common bottlenose, rough-tooth.
Whales: blue, pilot, killer, pygmy killer, dwarf sperm, cuvier's beaked, deraniyagala's beaked.
Sharks: whale, nurse, grey, black-tip, white-tip.
Turtles: hawksbill, green, leatherback.

It was an amazing trip. Not cheap and they get booked up well in advance!
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Reply #622

'ello 'ello! What's this then?

Pilot whales are curious, and like to stop and have a good look round. It's called 'spy-hopping' and here are some of them at it.
They're smart enough to position themselves between the sun and the thing they're looking at (in this case our boat) so they don't have to squint, but consequently the photos are almost always in silhouette.
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Reply #623

Dolphins are smaller and more acrobatic when they want to get their heads above water. Here are a couple of different species (bottlenose and spinner) 'flying'!
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Reply #624

Lovely pics. Paul , looks like you had a great time .

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Reply #625

Great photos.  What an experience!

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Reply #626

What size tank would I need for a shoal of these?
 :P
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Reply #627

I reckon an over filtered 3x2 would be fine....



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Reply #628

I reckon an over filtered 3x2 would be fine....



3 miles x 2 miles? Just imagine the size of the 'pod culture needed for a Balaenoptera musculus!  :scared:
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Reply #629

I was going with feet. Imagine the glass thickness for a 3x2 mile tank?

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