Sunday, April 16, 2006

Shore Behind of Yok Poon Primary School (3)

i don't know why. Every time when i go back home and wanted to take photos at the shore, the next thing i know when i arrived at the shore is, it rains. You can see from the picture above that, the sky was cloudy and dark. It was around 5pm and just after a very heavy rain. I was already at the shore when it rained and had to took up a shelter to wait for the rain to stop. Fortunately, the rain did stop after half and hour, so i could continue to take photos.
The buildings that you see are located at the main street. A market used to be there as well, however it was relocated to the inner area few years back.

Doesn't it interesting? A hermit crab climb onto the pencil root of the mangrove.

Oop! Distrub! A love corner. Mating nerites. Nerites are hermaphodrite (have two genders) and they have external fertilization.

This nerite is even smaller than my finger tip. If you pay a little bit of attention to your surroundings, then you will see a lot of interesting things that you never even notice before.

This pool has many opened up banded bead anemone. They look like small flowers. When you go to the shore, look into the pool to see many interesting life!

Can you see the sea slug? It is a snail without a shell. It has thick skin to prevents it to dry out. It has similar color with the rock, so most of the time it will be overlooked. Camourflage (same shape or color to blend in surroundings) is the common way for animals to protect themselves.

Well, this is actually a collared kingfisher. It is blue in color. It hunts for small crabs, prawns and fishes during low tide. It is normally in pairs.

Gobbies feed on smaller animal. Some of them are toxin and some of them are staying with shrimp in a symbiosis relationship (both sides gain benefit).

A tiny little crab hide itself in the sea weed. It would grow up and many be end up on your plate.

Fruit of the nipah palm or atap chee, what we normally find in our ais-kacing. This one has obviously floated in the sea for quite a long time until it becomes black.

This is rose apple or in Malay language, jambu air. It tastes slightly sweet and juicy. It is seasonal and home grow to many of the household.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Leisure Pengerang (2): Kampung Jawa (Tou2 Wan1)

Kampung Jawa is a very small fishing village. There is only one street in the village and the street itself is the main street then. The whole village is built along the coastal line. During high tide, when the villagers open the back door of their house, they see only the sea. Most of the catch from the villagers are sell to Singapore, especially the big tiger prawns and lobsters. The smaller catch like shrimp is sell to the local fish mongers.

The backyard of a villager's house. See, the house is right connected to the sea during high tide. The fisherman will examine their catch to determine which are to sell to local and which are to sell to Singapore.

The tiger prawns need to be kept in the tank before they are transported to Singapore. Of course, the fresh one will definitely give a better price.

Lobster and mantis shrimps. The local water is still rich with big catch. The mantis shrimps are as big as the lobster. However the fishermen said, it is getting harder for them to catch big fishes due to water pollution and over-catch.

To talk about the pollution. Well, this is a toilet. Due to lack of the proper sewage and sanitary system, every waste from the villagers, including organic waste, household rubbish, dead animal body... are all throw into the sea.

A goose is kept as a pet in a villager's house.

i know this is gross and cruel. But this is a fact and part of the life for some of the villagers. The sea condition is not always suitable for the villagers to go out. So some of the villagers either hunt wildboar in the secondary forest or slaughter widlboar for the hunter.

The teeth and the tusk of the wildboar. Obviously the wildboar was a huge one.

Dried fishes for their own consumption.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Special Feature: Pulau Hantu

Recently there are talks that, some organizations in Singapore wanted to turn Pulau Hantu (an island in Singapore) into to huge aquarium (as per my understanding).
If you are interested, you can read more here:

i would like to share some of the pictures i took during my visit to Hantu. It would be a lost to all if this place is destroyed.
(err... This pictures might make our local Pengerang shores look a bit bored though :)

Coral, coral, coral. The best thing about intertidal is, you can see a lot of marine creatures without getting wet. See, you don't need to be a diver in order to see the coral.

A nobel volute (snail) was laying eggs (the white slimmy things)!

Flat worm. The way it swims was just beautiful! The flat worm is so flat that oxigen can just diffuse its entire body .

This was a real huge sea cucumber (as i remember, around 30 cm long!) Sea cucumber will vomit their innards to repel their predator. The innards will be reproduced, but they would starve until then. (So, please don't make them do it!)

Fan worm is a segmented worm with feathery fan on its head. The fan is used to gather small food particle and send it to mouth.

It is a shy animal. If you wanted to see them, just stand still and wait for a while. Eventually it will come out from its tube.

Common sea star which is not longer common now. It can liquidize its tissue to right itself if it was overturned. Their body is supported by sea water, so it will be very stressful to them if they are out of water for too long.