Some Striking Facts About Aquatic Organisms of the Andaman Islands you Never Knew

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their charming glory and virgin nature. Travelers are captivated by the stunning beauty, transparent sapphire waters, cerulean seas, white-colored beaches, a wide range of tropical deciduous forest areas and many more. When we hear the name of Andaman the first picture which comes into our mind is the seas and rivers. The island is blessed with a plethora of water bodies. Travelers from various corners of the world such as Ahmedabad, Kolkatta, Dubai, and many more visit the iconic destination to discover the hidden majestic world beneath the water. When people avail tour packages to the Andaman Island the first thing which they ask their tour coordinator will be what all games are included in the itinerary and whether swimming is mandatory. Many people drop their Andaman tour only because they think swimming is required to practice water sports. But the truth is there is no connection between swimming and water sports. Out of an array of aqua venture sports snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walking and parasailing are the popular ones. Water sports are practiced not only to entertain ourselves but also to learn more about the majestic aquatic world living under the water. Andaman waters are blessed with gorgeous coral reefs seen in various sizes, shapes, and colors. Different kinds of marine animals are also seen on the island. Before availing tour packages to the island it is good to have a small idea about the aquatic animals seen in Andaman waters. The following paragraphs will help you to understand commonly seen marine organisms on the island.

Green hump head parrot fish

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The Green hump head parrot fish is scientifically known as Bolbometopon muricatum. It is mainly seen in the Pacific and Indian oceans and also in Australia. It is considered as the largest species of parrotfish. It grows up to a length of 1.5 m and weighs nearly 75 kg. The green hump head parrotfish is also called as giant parrotfish, double-headed parrotfish, hump head parrotfish, buffalo parrot fish and bump head parrotfish. It is also called as the largest herbivores fish consuming only coral reefs. It has a vertical head profile. It is surrounded by scales except on the edges of the head. The lifespan of the green hump head parrot fish is up to 40 years. They are always seen in small groups. Their reproduction rate is always delayed. An adult green hump head parrot fish consume live corals and benthic algae. They consume 5 tons of carbonates annually. Due to overfishing and overharvesting, a huge decline is observed in their population. Their names have entered the list of endangered species.

2.         Peacock Mantis

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Peacock Mantis is commonly seen in the Pacific and Indian oceans. It is scientifically known as Odontodactylus scyllarus. Peacock Mantis is also known as clown mantis shrimp, harlequin mantis shrimp and painted mantis shrimp. It is known for its attractive charm. And at the same time, it is also termed as a dangerous pest. They grow up to a length of 3 to 8 cm. They are generally seen in green color with orange legs. They have the ability to identify circularly polarized light. It is a well-known hunter. It mainly consumes on bivalves, gastropods, and crustaceans.

3.         White banded Shrimp

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The coral banded shrimps are commonly seen in red and white colors. These coral banded shrimps are really not coral but decapod crustacean which looks like shrimps. The white-banded shrimps are scientifically baptized as Stenopus hispidus. Coral banded shrimps are also called as banded prawns. They grow up to 2 or 4 inches in length and males are generally shorter in size. They are largely seen in the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific regions. They are normally seen in either red or white color except the legs and antennas. They are always white in color. These coral banded shrimps have the ability to regrow their lost legs. They usually love to live beneath of overhangs and caves. They are normally termed as nocturnal. The shrimps feed on parasites, carrion, algae, worms, snails, small hermit crabs, and detritus during the night and hide in the daytime. The lifespan of coral shrimps is up to 2 to 3 years.

4.         Manta Ray

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Manta ray is generally seen in tropical and sub-tropical water areas. They mainly consume on zooplanktons. As Manta ray carries medicinal values it is invaded by the human in large quantities. Manta rays are also known as ‘devil fish’. Due to protruding cephalic fins they are not able to swim backward. To learn more about the manta rays, habitat and lifestyles, scuba diving would be the best option.

5.         Giant Moray

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The Giant Moray is one of the largest eels among the aquatic organisms. They grow up to a length of 3 m and weigh nearly 30 kg. Like white banded shrimps they are also nocturnal feeders and spend their day time in rocks. They cannot move fast as other marine organisms do. They identify and locate food with their excellent ability of sense smell. Their eyes are small in size and this makes them innocent. Their sluggish appearances resemble them to snakes. By shaking their heads on either side they welcome other members for hunting. They are mainly seen in areas like Thailand, Spain, Indonesia, Western Australia, Fiji Islands, and Cayman Islands.

I hope you might have got a clear idea about the marine organisms after reading the above passages. Nearly thousands of travelers visit the Andaman and Nicobar Island to witness the beguiling beauty. People purchase the tour packages not only to be part of the serene nature but also to spend some quality time with dear ones in the least crowded areas. The island is popularly known as least populated and least polluted. The island is also termed as the cleanest islands in the world. Andaman Tour Travel is one of the leading travel operators who curate several packages to the island to the travel enthusiasts. They always focus on customer satisfaction and are always ready to customize the packages. If you have any doubts regarding the itinerary and the package travelers can directly contact with the customer support team of Andaman tour travel. 24*7 their services are available for the customers. Purchase the packages before it expires.

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