The tropical fauna of a particular holiday destination may not be the number one thing on your list when deciding where to visit next. If you had to research each and every species of every destination, you would find that you’d be very spoiled for choice.
We’ve put together a few tropical favourites from a few destinations. Look out for these on your next Club Med holiday.
1. The Green Turtle [Chelonia mydas] of Bintan Island
The Green Turtles are among many turtles including the Kemps Ridley Turtle, Leatherback Turtle and Hawksbill Turtle that are protected under the Bintan Island Turtle Conservation Programme. Photo cred: www.seaturtles911.org
2. The Maldivian Manta Rays [Manta Birostris]
These gentle giants grow to about 4m in wing span. If you can contain your excitement in the water, they usually swim gracefully around you. The Maldives boasts about 7000 mantas in their waters annually. Photo cred: kuredu.com
3. The Whitespotted Boxfish [Ostracion meleagris] in Mauritius
These pretty little fish are generally quite shy and prefer to hang out around rocks and coral. Although they look really sweet, they are highly poisonous and are sometimes referred to as “The Neutron Bomb”. Photo Cred: Wakatobi.com
4. The Parrotfish [Scaridae] in Thailand
This happy little bird-looking-fish has a beak with teeth, if you can believe that. They use the beak and teeth to rip up coral, they then extract the algae from it. They are largely responsible for the white sand you see on the beaches and can produce about 90kg of white sand a year, per parrotfish. Photo cred: National Geographic
5. The Oriental Sweetlip Fish [Plectorhinchus vittatus] in Bali
The Oriental Sweetlip Fish can reach up to 75cm in length. When they are young, they have black stripes and as they age, the stripes on their tails are replaced by black dots on a yellow background. Photo cred: nies.ch