The Batfish Story

It was at the Maldives. The dohni (dive boat) brought us to our dive site.

In order to photograph undisturbed we dove in the opposite direction of the other divers. Soon Though, we discovered that the reef didn’t have good photo motives. Just as we were about to head back we encountered a small group of batfish.

The batfish turned around and swam away from the reef. This seemed unusual to us, so we decided to follow them.

When we could hardly see the reef behind us any more we suddenly discovered a solitary pinnacle in about 70 feet of water.

This was the home of the batfish.

We were surrounded by about 30 fish and were able to get very close to them, which enabled us to take fantastic pictures.

After what seemed like a very short time a look at the dive computer reminded us that it was time to leave this magical place and return to the surface.

As we headed back to the reef we were escorted by some batfish as if they wanted to see us home safely!

Once we reached the reef they then returned to their home and left us alone with the feeling of truly having experienced something very special.

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.


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