Maldives 2010, Athuruga: Photos 6

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Diving - Warren Thila and Kuda Miaru Thila

At Warren Thila we came across a huge shoal of thousands of Jackfish or Bigeye Trevallies (Caranx sexfasciatus).

At Warren Thila we came across a huge shoal of thousands of Bigeye Trevallies (Caranx sexfasciatus). (194k)

Everywhere we looked, there were more Jacks.

Everywhere we looked, there were more Trevallies.  (138k)

We spent fully four minutes drifting quickly through this enormous group of fish.

We spent fully four minutes drifting quickly through this enormous group of fish.  (120k)

This bright pink splodge at Kuda Miaru Thila is possibly Ungiculate Sponge (Monanchora ungiculata).

This bright pink splodge at Kuda Miaru Thila is possibly Ungiculate Sponge (Monanchora ungiculata).  (242k)

Unusual yellowish colour variation of Clark's Anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) next to its patch of Bulb-tentacle Anemone (Entacmea quadricolor) at Kuda Miaru Thila. Compare with the picture below.

Unusual yellowish colour variation of Clark's Anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) next to its patch of Bulb-tentacle Anemone (Entacmea quadricolor) 
	 	at Kuda Miaru Thila. Compare with the picture below.  (219k)

More normally-coloured Clark's Anemonefishes guarding their Bulb-tentacle Anemone a few yards away at Kuda Miaru Thila.

More normally-coloured Clark's Anemonefishes guarding their Bulb-tentacle Anemone a few yards away at Kuda Miaru Thila.  (232k)

A pair of Phantom or Indian Bannerfish (Heniochus pleurotaenia) hover above a mixed group of Gold-striped bream or Yellowspot Emperor (Gnathodentex aureolineatus) and Humpback Red Snapper (Lutjanus gibbus), with a couple of Large-eyed Sea Bream (Monotaxis grandoculis) off to the right at about 10m on the reeftop at Kuda Miaru Thila.

A pair of Phantom or Indian Bannerfish (Heniochus pleurotaenia) hover above a mixed group of Gold-striped bream or Yellowspot Emperor (Gnathodentex 
	 	aureolineatus) and Humpback Red Snapper (Lutjanus gibbus), with a couple of Large-eyed Sea Bream (Monotaxis grandoculis) off to the right 
		at about 10m on the reeftop at Kuda Miaru Thila.  (109k)

Yellow Boxfish (Ostracion cubicus) at Kuda Miaru Thila.

Yellow Boxfish (Ostracion cubicus) at Kuda Miaru Thila.  (204k)

Characteristically dense swarm of Slender or Pygmy Sweepers (Parapriacanthus ransonneti) fill a canyon between two coral heads at Kuda Miaru Thila.

Characteristically dense swarm of Slender or Pygmy Sweepers (Parapriacanthus ransonneti) fill a canyon between two coral heads at Kuda Miaru Thila. (223k)

A pair of Humbug Damselfish (Dascyllus aruanus) are ready to duck into their Verrucose Pocillopora (Pocillopora Verrucosa) coral head at Kuda Miaru Thila.

A pair of Humbug Damselfish (Dascyllus aruanus) are ready to duck into their Verrucose Pocillopora (Pocillopora Verrucosa) coral head at Kuda Miaru Thila.  (164k)

A pair of Caerulean Damsels (Pomacentrus caeruleus) at Kuda Miaru Thila.

A pair of Caerulean Damsel(Pomacentrus caeruleus) at Kuda Miaru Thila.  (197k)

A pair of Maldives Anemonefish or Black-footed Clownfish (Amphiprion nigripes) at Kuda Miaru Thila.

A pair of Maldives Anemonefish or Black-footed Clownfish (Amphiprion nigripes) at Kuda Miaru Thila.  (184k)

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