Category Archives: Marine Life

Beedi bol meyre- the hammerhead shark

The underwater life of Fuvahmulah is a scene of utter beauty and home for unique species of fish. Hammerhead shark, locally known as beedibol meyre, enjoys the unique geographical characteristics of the ocean surrounding the island. We call it beedibol meyere, as its unusual head is like a cushion and base of coconut leaf. This… Read More »

The bird that can dive up to 35 m is around us

It was in the 80s. “Mom, there is a bird screaming and cackling. It’s eerie,” in the dim light of kerosene lamps, I remember asking my mom about a bird that screamed almost every night. My mom clarified by saying that it was Hoagolhaa. The high pitched calls of the bird were heard from a coconut palm tree… Read More »

Swim with the mighty tiger sharks

“I released the fishing line to hook a Kattelhi (Prometheus gemfish) and prepared a heap of Dho’haaey (mixture of betel leaf and areca nut). I chewed it and relaxed. After a while my fishing line “transformed” into an “iron bar.” I could not literary pull an inch towards the surface. I called the other fishermen in the… Read More »

Watch the majestic thrasher sharks

  Fuvahmulah is unique in many ways. The stupendous deep sea around the island is home to some of the world’s rare and endangered species. Among them- the thrasher shark has found home around us. Ladies and gentlemen – the Indiana Johnes of the ocean. We call it nagul meyre. There are three different kinds of… Read More »

The ‘miracle’ of flying fish gliding towards Fuvahmulah

During the southwest monsoon season (locally known as Hulhango), flying fish (locally known as Hulhammaha), prevail in the northwestern shore of Fuvahmulah. The humble fishes are surrounded by predators – tuna, sharks, travally, manthas and other predators. And up in the air the aggressive frigate birds, locally known as Huraa, hover in the air, waiting for the launching… Read More »