Guitar fish belong to the Rhinobatis genus. "Rhine" is the Greek word for shark and "batis" the Latin word for ray.
In this article I wanted to present the various rays you can encounter in the Andaman sea. Most of the pictures below were taken in the Mergui Archipelago located off the coast of Myanmar and some in Surin and Similan islands in Thailand.
I will start with the rays spending most of their time laying on the sea floor such as the stingrays and then about the pelagic rays through the Andaman Sea: they swim mid water from the depth all the way to the surface and travel long distances such as eagle rays and Manta rays!
Are tiger sharks dangerous?
There are many kind of sharks -and I love them all- but today, because we were
lucky enough to meet one at the Burma banks, it is tiger sharks I want to write about.
Far behind the whale sharks, tiger shark are still one of the largest shark species
measuring 3 to 4 meters, for an average weight of 500kg ! Usually found in
temperate and tropical oceans, tiger shark is usually a loner that hunts at night.
Here is a little FAQ about the mighty Tiger sharks!
Arguably one of the best experiences a diver could ever have is to dive with giant oceanic manta rays. We are lucky to see them regularly during our cruises in Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar as well as in Surin and Similan islands in Thailand and compiled a list of the questions we most often answer about these gentle giants.
Diving with Giant manta is a dream for many divers
About Giant Oceanic Manta Ray...
The Andaman sea is home to many cephalopods such as octopus, squid and cuttlefish... making them pretty much a guaranteed sighting! Divers are often amazed by the Cephalopods super power of invisibility. We are sure they are around, but will you be able to spot them?
Here is a little list of the Cephalopds we most often see around the Andaman Sea...
5 Fascinating Facts about Nautilus
Nautilus measure 20 to 25cm in average. Its shell is white to orange with brown zebra stripes. Internal side of the shell is pearly white.
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