There’s an entire world under the surface of the sea, and one of the best ways to see it is through the lens of a snorkeling mask. Here are some of our favourite underwater creatures to keep an eye out for and where you can spot them (and many others!) on tour.
Many of the world’s top snorkelling destinations give you the chance to swim with sharks. Most of these large fish are nowhere near as fearsome as they’re often shown on screen. Nurse sharks are slow-moving and cruise the sea floor, where they feed on small fish, shrimp, and squid. Although they’re generally harmless, it’s important not to touch them for their protection as much as your own.
Where: Southern Thailand
If you’ve seen Finding Nemo, you’re already pretty familiar with clownfish. These bright orange swimmers are small, omnivorous fish that live in colonies. In their coral reef homes, they form symbiotic relationships with sea anemones who let them live among their tentacles. Anemones generally don’t sting their tiny roommates but clownfish have a thick protective mucous layer in case they do. In return for a safe home, clownfish feed on algae and bacteria which keeps the anemones clean. Also, unlike our friend Nemo, clownfish aren’t always bright orange. Some are black, yellow or even muted shades of pink.
Manta rays are populous off the coast of western Australia — meaning snorkelers have a good chance of swimming amongst them. Mantas glide through the water with seemingly little effort — at sometimes very high speeds — and occasionally leap out of the ocean, falling back into the waves with a loud slap. Unlike sting rays, manta rays don’t have a sharp barb at the end of their tails. Together with their toothless mouths this makes them very safe snorkelling companions.
Where: New Zealand
Spotting an octopus while snorkelling off the coast of New Zealand is a wildlife-lover’s dream. However, these fascinating sea animals are much more difficult to spot than their fishy friends. Octopus are shy and reserved creatures, and often hide in nooks and coral crannies to keep safe from predators and other threats. Keep your eyes peeled and dive in!
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