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Mola Mola at Bathala Maaga Kan Thila

August 26th, 2009 Comments off

Sting Ray has returned back to Hulhumale lagoon after a week of diving. During the last few days sting ray sailed from north Ari atoll to Rasdhoo and then back to Hulhumale lagoon.

Maaya Thila being the first dive before sailing to Rashdoo atoll and second dive to Bathala Maaga Kan Thila. Out of three dives the best was Bathala Maaga Kan Thila where a Mola mola was spotted by the dive guide (Deco) and one client who dived as his buddy and Rasdhoo Madivaru.

Bathala Maaga Kan Thila displayed a fantastic shark show with many gray reef, white tip reef sharks and other lager pelagic.

MV Sting Ray Mola Mola at Bathala Maaga Kan Thila

The ocean sunfish, Mola Mola or commonly called mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended. Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts in order to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate. Sunfish fry resemble miniature puffer fish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish.

Rasdhoo Madivaru turned out to be a great dive in terms of big fish life with the right incoming current, white tip, gray reef, eagle rays were among the highlight.

Rasdhoo Madivaru early morning hammerhead dive was not very productive at all. The dive ended without seeing a single hammer head.

Adventurer 2 unveils Maaga Thila for their divers.

April 11th, 2009 Comments off

The first dive site on the morning of April 9th was not far from the Adventurer’s final anchorage.

Orimas Thila: A protected marine area located in north Ari atoll near Ellaidhoo Region. Sometimes called Maaga Thila after the island Maaga to the north.

This beautiful Thila has many distinctive features that made it one of the top ranking Thilas until El Nino hit. This 100 meter long Thila has stunning accents on both sides and all along the length of the Thila. The north side of the Thila offers caves with spectacular coral growth and on the southern side the Thila slopes down to a sand bank.

Sadly, Maaga Thila was one of the most effected Thilas from El Nino, which basically left the beautiful hard coral garden on the top reef completely bleached.

White Mouth Moary Eel Adventurer 2 unveils Maaga Thila for their divers.

Regardless of the bleaching, the reef remains intact in deeper waters with huge black coral bushes, sea fans and many other sights. Here you will find almost every fish that you can possibly find in the Maldives. From Gray reef sharks to white tip reef sharks, napoleons to jacks and tuna. Caves and overhangs offer the smaller invertebrates from Nudibrach to clear shrimps.

The second dive was to Bathalaa Maaga Kan Thila, and was one of the favorites and most likely best Thila to see Gray Reef sharks. The Thila is located just right of the eastern edge of the atoll, eastern side exposed to the ocean side, giving plenty of opportunities to find lager pelagic, while leaving the western side to a sand bed for the bottom feeders. On this dive we saw 2 gray reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and eagle rays.

We moved to Rasdhoo atoll, Rashdoo Madivaru dive site for the third dive, under very poor visibility and a mild current, but we still had an enjoyable dive.