Rubbish piles up on Thilafushi Island, a half hour boat trip from Male, the capital of the Maldives.
The gentle, plankton-eating giants seem reluctant to mate in water lacking the nutrients needed to support life.
New Maldives president Mohamed Waheed has welcomed a Commonwealth mission to investigate the ousting of his predecessor after overnight clashes.
There are fears of renewed street violence after political turmoil since the Maldives's former president Mohamed Nasheed was forced out of office.
Rioting broke out in the Maldives after Mohamed Nasheed said he was forced to give up his office at gunpoint, raising fears of a power struggle.
President Mohamed Nasheed has resigned after protests erupted into a police mutiny, leaving him accused of being as dictatorial as his predecessor.
Mutinying police in the Maldives have taken over the state broadcaster and called for people to come to the streets to boot President Mohamed Nasheed.
Tourism officials in the Maldives have denied that health spas at luxury holiday resorts operate as brothels after the facilities were shut down.
These days it is easy to find an all-inclusive holiday, where all travel, accommodation, food, drink, entertainment and activities are included.
Maldives government ministers are taking scuba lessons in preparation for an unprecedented Cabinet meeting at the bottom of the ocean.
The term “refugee” isn't one governments want to talk about in the context of climate change
The Maldives may be known as a tropical paradise, but the image hides a dirty secret: the world's biggest rubbish island.
The president of the Maldives wants to buy a new home for his people to save them from rising sea levels. But where could they go?
Most tourists in the Maldives are still sleeping when swimming lessons begin at 6.30am. Christof Langer is one of the lifeguards from Germany who have been teaching their skills to a group of people from the Maldives. Lessons begin early because weather conditions and the sea currents are usually at their best then for swimming.
A propaganda video shot inside a radical Maldives mosque and posted on the Internet has raised fears that al-Qaeda is gaining a foothold in the Indian Ocean tourist paradise. The video was recorded at the Dhar-al-Khuir mosque on the remote Himandhoo island in the hours before it was raided on October 6.
A homemade bomb exploded near a mosque in the Maldives' capital, Male, on Saturday, wounding 12 foreign tourists, the islands' government said. The blast occurred at the entrance to the capital's Sultan Park, a popular stop-off for tour groups.