Maldives Captured

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Douglas David Seifert visited the Maldives to research his article on the impact extensive development is having on the archipelago compounded by global warming and coral bleaching -Is Paradise Lost? Here is a portfolio of some of the images he took documenting the stunning marine environment facing serious challenges…

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The reefs are peppered with soft-coral covered overhangs


A giant frogfish waits to ambush unwary fish passing too close to its cavernous mouth

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More than 1,100 species of fish are known to live in the Maldives

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Bluestripe snapper are ubiquitous on the reefs of the Maldives

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A pufferfish feeding on the coral substrate

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Honeycomb moray eel

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Moray eels extend their jaws for breathing purposes - mouthfuls of oxygen-rich water are pumped across their gills 

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Manta rays on mass

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As many as 10,000 manta rays are thought to be resident in the archipelago

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Without question, the Maldives is still one of the best places in the world to see manta rays  

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Vast school of golden sweepers

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The more remote reefs of the Maldives are awash in fish

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A large titan triggerfish out on the reef

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Bluestriped snappers take refuge out of the current beneath a wall of soft coral

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A clown triggerfish and a soft-coral covered outcrop

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Schooling Oriental sweetlips

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Moray eels rely on their sense of smell to locate prey

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Smaller fish feed on the plankton in the nutrient-rich currents and larger fish feed on them

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A small shoal of Oriental sweetlips sheltering behind a soft-coral covered outcrop

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Profusion of gorgonia

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A large gorgonian braced against the current





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