Stone fish at Ikoga Thila

Stone fish at Ikoga Thila

Our lucky snorkellers this week were lucky enough to find, with the help of their budding guide Giada, one of the ocean’s masters of disguise. On a recent excursion to Ikoga Thila, our snorkellers from Dhiggiri were enjoying the spectacle of the reef, which is packed full of coral, anemones and clown fish and a plethora of other colourful Indian Ocean reef fish.

Giada’s expertly trained eyes, always on the look out for that extra special something, managed to find, hidden amongst the corals a very well camouflage stone fish. Stone fish belong to the scorpion fish family, and are renowned for being able to change their colours to fit their environment. Once they have found a suitable spot on the reef, stone fish can remain there for long periods of time, blending more and more with their surroundings as algae starts to settle on them. Whenever an unsuspecting fish comes too close, they are quickly snapped up by the stone fish. Stone fish have venomous dorsal spines that can deliver a toxin that is one of the most dangerous in the ocean.  

Our snorkellers, once they managed to spot the stone fish, were very impressed with Giada’s beady eyes, but kept a safe distance from the stone fish on the reef.

Ikoga Thila is not just a popular snorkelling site, but also offers a great spot for divers to explore as the deeper sections of the reef include large overhangs to explore.