Ribbon eel

yellow ribbon eel

Ribbon Eel The Ribbon Eel (a member of the Muraenidae family) is also known as the leaf-nosed moray eel or bernis eel. It is also the only member of the genus Rhinomuraena because it is so unique. They are truly fascinating but very hard to find. Distinguishing Features Bearing a striking resemblance to a mythical Chinese dragon or a dancing ribbon, the Ribbon Eel is very elegant as it moves Read More …

Teira batfish

Batfish

Teira Batfish The batfish that you’ll most likely see around the reefs of Thailand is the Teira Batfish (Plantax Teira), also known as the Tall-fin Batfish. There are five species of Teira Batfish currently known and they are very curious creatures. They often like to investigate divers and follow them around before returning to their group. Distinguishing Features Batfish are characteristically disc-shaped with laterally compressed bodies and large dorsal and Read More …

Giant Moray eel

Giant Moray eel

Giant Moray The Giant Moray (Gymnothorax javanicus) is the largest of all the Indo-Pacific morays in terms of body mass and grows up to 3 metres in length & 30 kg in weight. It is a species of moray eel and belongs to the family Muraenidae of marine fishes. There has been reports of provoked and unprovoked attacks on scuba divers by this fish.   Distinguishing features The Giant Moray Read More …

Stonefish

stonefish

Stonefish Commonly known as the most venomous fish in the world, stonefish (Synanceia) is a member of the Synanceiidae family. They can be dangerous and even fatal to humans, should they come in contact. These fish are found in coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific, although some species have also been in the rivers of southern Asia. It is estimated there are 5 species of stonefish, all of which are very Read More …

Moorish Idol

Moorish Idol Moorish Idol are extremely common in the Indo-Pacific and around the reefs of Thailand, so if you’re snorkeling in the area, you’ll be almost certain to see them. They are the sole species in the Zanclidae family. Distinguishing Features The Moorish Idol has a laterally compressed body with bright bands of black, white and yellow. They have a large dorsal fin with six or seven spines. These come Read More …

Emperor Angelfish

Emperor Angelfish The emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) is a species of marine angelfish, native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It belongs to the Pomacanthidae family and is a beautifully striking fish, popular with divers, snorkelers and underwater photographers. They are truly regal, both in appearance and the way in which they gracefully swim through the ocean. Distinguishing Features Bold and beautiful, the adult emperor angelfish is covered with bright Read More …

Clown Triggerfish

Clown Triggerfish

Clown Triggerfish Also known as the bigspotted triggerfish, Clown Triggerfish (a member of the Balistidae family) are demersal marine fish commonly found on reefs in the Indo-Pacific. While not exactly shy of snorkelers they will retreat if you get too close. Distinguishing Features With its dramatic colouration, you won’t miss the clown triggerfish. Although mostly black, the bottom half of its body and belly is covered with white spots, reminiscent of leopard Read More …

Clownfish

Clownfish

Clownfish You may know of the Clownfish from the animated film Finding Nemo. They are a common sight in the seas around Thailand, if you know the right places to look, and their characteristic features to look out for. Clownfish (members of the Pomacentridae family) are special little fish that even the most experienced snorkeler can’t resist. Distinguishing Features An unmistakable sight around reefs, Clownfish are bright orange, with three vertical Read More …

Emperor Angelfish

Emperor Angelfish

Emperor Angelfish The emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) is a species of marine angelfish, native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It belongs to the Pomacanthidae family and is a beautifully striking fish, popular with divers, snorkelers and underwater photographers. They are truly regal, both in appearance and the way in which they gracefully swim through the ocean. Distinguishing Features Bold and beautiful, the adult emperor angelfish is covered with bright Read More …

Moorish Idol

moorish idols

Moorish Idol The Moorish Idol fish is extremely common in the Indo-Pacific and around the reefs of Thailand. They are the sole species in the Zanclidae family, they look quite similar to Angelfish. Distinguishing Features Like many other tropical fish, the Moorish Idol has a laterally compressed body with bright bands of colour, mainly black, white, blue or yellow. They have a large dorsal fin with six or seven spines. Read More …