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14th Dec 2007, 11:41
Here's a question for people who know a bit about marine biology (or similar..)!

On a present trip to the Maldives, there's loads of dead fish to be seen (mainly the trigger fish variety) all floating sideways up...

Is there a reason for this??
-Something in the water?
-Something not in the water?
-Global Warming?

Or is it just a passing fishing boat lobbing what he doesn't want overboard?

My crew wonder.....


14th Dec 2007, 12:12
Could be a result of that well known sport "Fishing with Dynamite". :}

OK, I know, hat, coat, door. Going now.

Edited 14:12:07 at 14.31 by S'land - Reason - Can't spell going

14th Dec 2007, 12:13
Perhaps someone has been using a "du Pont spinner" rather than more conventional bait.

Or there could be a pollution issue ... if that is the case you'd be unwise to eat any of them. Sometimes an algae bloom can be toxic to fish, does the water have a hazy green or red look to it?

14th Dec 2007, 12:21

Could it possibly be the effect of a seismic shock somewhere in the deeps?
Have you looked out of the windows lately to see if a Tsunami is on the way?


14th Dec 2007, 12:35
there could be a pollution issue ... if that is the case you'd be unwise to eat any of them

Ta..... :rolleyes:

tony draper
14th Dec 2007, 14:08
Mebbee they drowned,:uhoh:

14th Dec 2007, 14:43
Even the Fisheries authorities haven't sussed it...been happening since August I believe. :(

14th Dec 2007, 14:50

Could be a very long and slow wave length then.

14th Dec 2007, 14:53
Shame, apart from the mantas, one of the things I love about diving in the Maldives is the thousands of blue trigger fish that seem to populate some sites.

14th Dec 2007, 14:58
Do they get red tide there? Commonly seen in the gulf of Mexico I think.... kills lots of fish, makes breathing hard for people near the sea.


14th Dec 2007, 16:53
Some people use cyanide to catch tropical fish for export back to the Europe/US. They squirt it amongst the coral, the fish are stunned float up and are caught. If you use to much you get lots of dead fish.

14th Dec 2007, 17:34
Dead Trigger Fish in the Maldives

Soon to be followed by...dead polar bears and emperor penguins floating at sea, to enthrall the most adventurous enthusiasts of vacations to the less-frequented parts of the globe. Not forgetting Bengal tigers.

Buy a bigger wide-screen LCD or plasma TV mate, that's all you can do...?!

They're all doomed. And so are the rest of us in due course...

14th Dec 2007, 19:46
Red tide is not a phenomena of the Maldives - at least not traditionally, cyanide fishing very rarely takes place there nowadays (I would say never, but I think that would be a very bold statement) - and for trigger fish (and from the original post it seems to be the main species) to be dying in such large numbers suggests something more subtle in a Mother nature type of way, otherwise there would surely be many species of fish 'turning turtle'

The Maldive marine life and coral has made a remarkable recovery since the Tsunami - I hope that this is not a start of a reversal of such a magnificant feat of nature

Granite Monolith
14th Dec 2007, 20:33
Maybe they were just sleeping:\

14th Dec 2007, 20:43
There is some more info on this dive holiday operator site (http://www.wernerlau.com/maldives/shared.uk/pages/news.htm). They are saying that it also hapened last year and they don't know the cause yet.

14th Dec 2007, 20:50
Oh...the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa ? I wondered what you were talking about at first...:hmm:

15th Dec 2007, 07:36
Vibrio? Link (http://www.heedmd.org/?q=node/43)

santos dumont
18th Dec 2007, 15:43
Perhaps these guys know something about it, they are in Maldivian waters now.


If somebody uncovers the mistery please post it here, I am curious too.