10 Tips for dangerous animals in Maldives
Updated: Jan 21, 2018
For those who might like to visit Maldives one day in their life, we are spreading some “Rangalhu” (good) tips about "Dangerous Animals" in Maldives...
First of all we would like to remind you that, in the Animal Kingdom our behavior needs to be double cautious. But here we are to help you... once you have a bit knowledge of local animals, it will be easier to avoid or protect yourself from risk situations.
1. NEVER TOUCH A ANIMAL
Some countries with social and ecological responsibility already adopt as a rule and we should apply everywhere. In the same way that we do not like that nobody invades our home, we must respect the nature. The animals are in their house, and are us that are always entering their natural habitat.
2. NEVER APPROACH TO THE FISHES, LOOKING IN THEIR EYES
Some kind of fishes are territorialist and will protect their nest or area. If you approach them and looking in their eyes, they can keep facing you in the same direction and this can be a bit scary. We just pay attention to their behavior and if looks different, you give a turn and swim to another direction, the ocean is so big...
Living on the holes of reefs, the urchin has a poison on the spine that may initiate a small pain, if step on it. This situation is really common, but if you try to remove it, sometimes will not help and can hurt more your skin. The local treatment is well recommended to accelerate the recovery process, around two or three days.
Like the urchins, the moray live in the reef hole. If you saw a moray swimming, it means that she is out of the house and more: she is hunting. With nocturnal habits, not all species have poison, but they have large and sharp teeth. Their bite is always right and the pain can go on for years... if you're swimming or snorkeling and sight a moray, just stay away.
The stingrays have a flat body and camouflage themselves in the sand. Used only for self-defense, the poisonous hook on the tail can cause a very painful injury. In order to avoid treading on a stingray and consequently on her hook, we suggest always to check, making a movement with the foot in the water and when walking, not lift the foot to take the steps but slide them in the sand.
The most frequent shark on our island is the "blacktip" and you can see them in the reef when entering the water. But do not be scared, many are babies and will runaway if you try to get too close. Being considered friendly, they still being a shark so all care is welcome.
Feeds primarily on other fish and human attacks are rare ... but can be triggered by confusing a prey with objects that shine. We ask you that, whenever enter on the water, remove your earring, ring, necklace, bracelet or even watch that will reflect the brightness of the sun and attract the barracuda. She has big teeth and nobody wants to feel them.
The photo above is a triggerfish biting the coral reef. This fish has strong teeth like Habbit... he can destroy a coral reef, so imagine, if necessary, what he will destroy to protect his nest... just like moray or any animal with different behavior, the ocean still being big... just switch the side and keep swimming.
9. DOLPHINS AND WHALES
No, we are not talking about them, but the ones it might be behind...
When you see a group of dolphins or whales beautifully running with the boat, resist to jump in the water to swim together, and keep watching from the boat. Usually big animal as sharks can follow them to grab a missing baby from the goup... it's strategies of animal kingdom.
10. DANGEROUS SHARKS
But in the end, the good news is: there are still no reports of shark attack in the Maldives. Even in our Island, we did not find big and dangerous sharks. Every animal is dangerous, mainly the human, but in Himmafushi the sharks use to have a good behavior.