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Maldives Diary: Beaches and Sharks

Maldives Sharks.jpgThe Indian Ocean islands that make up the Maldives have a relaxed, “another day in Paradise” vibe, sometimes a little too much so. At our resort, Hudhuran Fushi, each evening at 9pm the kitchen staff throws slops into the water from a columned structure off the main pier. Within minutes, 10-15 black-tip sharks appear, all 4-5 feet long. They don’t feed in a frenzy, but anything thrown into the water disappears within seconds. Guests gather to watch the fun.

Below you can see the building where the feeding takes place: it is just beyond the stone jetty in the foreground of my snapshot, about 100 yards from the beach in front of our bungalow, where we swim each day.

Maldives Beach.jpg

As we reported last year about the Red Sea off southern Egypt, the reefs here are largely dead. The formerly luxurious gardens of brightly colored coral (Finding Nemo was true to life) have been replaced by seascapes that recall bombed-out German cities in 1945. Where there still is some coral, it has been drained of almost all its color. The locals attribute the change to a shift in ocean currents in 1997 that warmed their seas by 7°-8° F. Whatever the reason, one of the world’s great treasures is but a ghost of itself.


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