Keep your eyes open…

Keep your eyes open...

The underwater world is full of surprises, both big and small…

Having an eye for detail on the reef has helped the TGI Maldives’ team from Maayfushi find a very rare, but very beautiful Harlequin Shrimp at Kuda Faru.

The adjective “harlequin” refers to the color of their body, which is white to a light pink, with splashes of bright colored spots, usually red, purple, orange and blue.

Despite their small size – maximum 5 cm in length – they have a relentless appetite. Their only source of nutrition come from starfish: small starfish and also the crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster plancii).

Harlequin shrimps use their claws to grab their prey and won’t hesitate to simply amputate an arm if their prey is too big to be devoured whole.

Check out the amazing picture of this creature made by our photographer Marco Carè.