Shoals and Ensembles
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1/ A shoal of Oriental Sweetlips. These fish are half a metre long - and usually "hang around" on the side of reef slopes. Note the bleached corals.
2/ A shoal of the lovely Yellow-tail Basslet, a beautiful pink/purple and yellow fish.
3/ Another shoal of Yellow-tail Basslet. If you look really carefully in the centre-botom of the shoal, you will see a solitary Orange Basslet).
4/ A dramatic ensemble of a Sheephead Parrotfish, a Regal Angelfish and a Moorish Idol. Note the living Razor Coral.
5/ A shoal of Moon Fusiliers (note the black tips on the tail). Note also the Powder-blue Tang, and a Surgeonfish on the left (probably juvenile White Spine Surgeonfish).
6/ Shoal of Blue striped Snapper. This shoal was about 2 m down - but they are usually found much deeper.
7/ A shoal of Yellow-striped Goatfish, which is apparently uncommon in the Maldives (it was at this point that I mused about being told that large sharks were uncommon inside the Atolls in the Maldives).
8/ A Yellow-Mouth Moray Eel just disappearing into the corals (centre). Top right is a Harlequin Sweetlips, and bottom is a Lunar Tailed Grouper.
9/ An amazing collection of species, including a Rock Cod (right centre), a Brown Tang (left centre), a Pinstriped Butterflyfish (bottom) we think, and a Shabby Parrotfish.
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