Marine life in the Andaman Sea
Ultimate Marine Life guide to Mergui Archipelago
Myanmar has a large area of the Andaman Sea, made up by Mergui Archipelago and the Burma Banks is also very rich in Marine life.
We have been diving in Burma since 2012 and I wrote quite a few blogposts about the critters we encountered here.
I wanted to share on this page the Ultimate Marine Life guide to Mergui Archipelago linking to the articles we wrote about all these wonderful critters!
We have quite a few kind of sharks in Myanmar:
White and black tip reef sharks
Silver tip sharks
Leopard / zebra sharks
Manta rays are not the only rays present in Mergui Archipelago. We also have:
Blue spotted sting rays
Marble blotched sting rays
Long shovel-nose and Bowmouth Guitar fish
Shark and rays are also accompanied by cobias and remoras
Here is a blogpost to sum up the rays we see most in Myanmar:
Several kind of cephalopods can be seen in Myanmar:
Pharao Cuttle fish
Mergui Archipelago has many kinds of schooling fish:
the tornado of barracudas
puppy-curious batfish (orbicular and shaded)
hunting big eye trevallies
yellowtail and yellowback fusiliers
Sergeant major, goat fish
Rainbow runners, moorish idols
Crocodile nidle fish, Rabbitfish,
Surgeonfish, Butterflyfish, triggerfish,
hundred of kinds of snappers emperors, squirelfish, and parrotfish
Moray and other Eels
Moray eels are very common in Mergui Archipelago and you will mostly see:
white eye moray,
giant morays (some really huge) Honey comb morays (mostly at the Burma Banks)
anded snake eels
Frog Fishes and other territorial reef fish
Master of disguise, the frogfish could be looking at you on each of your dives in Myanmar.
Damselfishes inhabit ever anemone: tomato clownfish, false clownfish, clarks anemonefish.
Golden, Humburg and blue Damsel, Rounded and fine-spotted Porcupinefish, Giant pufferfish.
Hawkfish, Trumpetfish, Razorfish, groupers, wrasses, boxfish
Emperor/ regal/ Andaman Angelfish
Lizardfish and Crocodile fish,
Comet longfins, cardinal fish, sweetlip
many types of gobies and fairy basslet.
Shrimps and crabs
The harlequin Shrimp is on the bucket list of many divers and underwater photographers. Spiny Lobsters, sleeper lobsters, durban shrimps, Mantis shrimps, cleaner boxing shrimps, (anemone and crinoid) commensal shrimps , imperator partner shrimps (on Spanish dancers), sarong marble and tapestry shrimps, squat shrimps, snapping shrimps.
Anemone porcelain crab, spider crabs, sponge crabs, hermit crabs, orangutan crabs and many more crustaceans are present in Mergui Archipelago.
Nudibranch & molluscs
We have a very large array of nudibranches, flat worms, sea slugs, cowries and snails in Myanmar such as the Spanish dancer above but also the popular Bornella Anguilla
Many halgerda and grossodoris slugs as well as the piccachu nudibranch (Thecacera pacifica).
You'll see giant clams, Oyters, conch, tiger cowries, soft coral cowrie, cone shells and much more...
Coral species, sea stars and more
You will be amazed by the coral reef of Myanmar as most dive sites are limestone covered by a rainbow of tree, cauliflower and broccoli soft corals. You can also see hard coral formations (giant mounts of massive coral), pale staghorn or solid table coral as well as the very photogenic giant seafans, knotted fan coral, whip and spiral black corals.
You will also find in the landscape many types of sponges, anemone, Sea stars, basket stars, bushy feather stars crinoid, sea cucumbers and sea urchins.
Scorpion fishs are ambush predators relying on their preys getting close-by. You will see several kinds of
lion fishes as well as the well hidden stone fish and so many bearded and devil scorpion fish.
Hawkbill turtles are the most commonly sighted in Burma.
But you can also spot green turtles and banded sea crait (sea snakes) on a regular basis.
Seahorses and pipefishes
As you may guess from our name, we are seahorses and related pipefish families.
Tigertail seahorses, spiny seahorses
ornate ghost pipefish,Orange spotted pipefish , Bend stick pipe fish,
Cleaner pipefish and more...
Marine life in the Andaman Sea is very rich, especially when diving in Myanmar where marine life is diversified and abundant and no coral has been broken like in other over crowded tourism spots. What set Mergui Archipelago and Burma Banks apart from other scuba diving destinations rich in Marine life is the fact you can be alone on every dive site and I'm sure that like us, you will LOVE IT!
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