Maldives 2014, Thudufushi - Photos 5

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Reef life 1

On the dive boat on the way to Kuda Miaru Thila.
On the dive boat on the way to Kuda Miaru Thila.
At Kuda Miaru Thila this Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swam right up to my buddy Italo and peered into his mask.  Italo removed his regulator and tried to kiss it.  Italians, eh?
At Kuda Miaru Thila this Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swam right up to my buddy Italo and peered into his mask. Italo 
				removed his regulator and tried to kiss it. Italians, eh?
There were lots of these gorgeous but damaging Crown-of-Thorns sea star (Acanthaster planci) at Kuda Miaru Thila.
There were lots of these gorgeous but damaging Crown-of-Thorns sea star (Acanthaster planci) at Kuda Miaru Thila.
The find of the trip for me.  A gorgeous Tritos Chromodoris nudibranch (Chromodoris tritos), about 4cm long, at Kuda Miaru Thila.  And there's a second one just a few centimetres away - you can just see it at the bottom left. They seem to prefer to be called Goniobranchus tritos nowadays.
The find of the trip for me. A gorgeous Tritos Chromodoris nudibranch (Chromodoris tritos), about 4cm long, at Kuda Miaru Thila. And 
				there's a second one just a few centimetres away - you can just see it at the bottom left.
Two Tassled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala), one better camouflaged than the other, at Kuda Miaru Thila.
Two Tassled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala), one better camouflaged than the other, at Kuda Miaru Thila.
A pair of Fire gobies or Fire dartfish (Nemateleotris magnifica) defend their patch at Kuda Miaru Thila.
A pair of Fire gobies or Fire dartfish (Nemateleotris magnifica) defend their patch at Kuda Miaru Thila.
A Sharpnose puffer fish or Black-saddled toby (Canthigaster valentini) at Kuda Miaru Thila.
A Sharpnose puffer fish or Black-saddled toby (Canthigaster valentini) at Kuda Miaru Thila.
Two Tiger cowries (Cypraea tigris) at Himandhoo Kandu.
Two Tiger cowries (Cypraea tigris) at Himandhoo Kandu.
Oriental Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus orientalis) at Himandhoo Thila.
Oriental Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus orientalis) at Himandhoo Thila.

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