Monday, April 09, 2007

Shore Behind of Yok Poon Primary School (3)



Finally, i bought a new camera to replace my lost one. And i was lucky enough that, it was low tide when i got back home. So, i dragged my friend to go to the shore with me. :) There were nothing much at the shore though. The tide was not low enough, so we did not see the black sea cucumber. However, we saw a tiny elbow crab and i think my friend now knows that, why we should always visit the shore with a guide! :p

i will be away for another few months, likely until September. So, it is not likely that i will have anything to upload here until then. However, i think i should still be able to do the Q&A or comment stuff. :)



Like usual, we were greeted by the Friddle Crabs near to the Sonneratia mangrove tree. Male Friddle Crab has one big pincer and one small pincer. The big pincer is so huge and heavy that it is bascially no practical function. It is used to attract female, to show that i am mascular! (In the animals world, manhood is equally important. :)



There used to be abandance of oyster around the shore area, but due to over collection, there isn't as many now. Oyster is two-parted shell softbody animals. One of their shell stick firmly on the rock. When the tide comes in, the other half of the shell will open and it started to filter feed. It filters organic particle in the sea water. So if the water is polluted, either by heavy metal such as mercury or human waste, then these toxic is very likely to remain in the body of oyster. When you eat the oyster, these things will transfer to your body!



The things which look like a hat and stick on the rock is a kind of snail called limpet. It can shape its shell to suit to the uneven surface of the rock. This snail can lift up thier shell to move. So it is not stationary.



This volcano looked creature is called barnacle. It is the close relative of crab, so it is a crustacean. Barnacle is a pest in shipping industry as it will stick at the bottom of the vessle and hence causing the additional used of the fuel to drive the now heavier ship.



This is a tube of a tube worm. The tube worm is living in the tube under the ground and the tube is made from both mucus and sand. This species of tube worm like to attach a piece of leaf to its tube. It is believed that, the leaf will help the worm to better sense the vibration and hence, predator. Some fishermen would pull out the tube or dig the worm out as fishing bait.



i flipped over a rock and saw this tiny little crab, around 1cm. It looked like just another ordinary crab to me but when i took a closer look now, it looks like an albow crab to me. Its pincers are obviously longer than other ordinary crab.



Ok, this animals become my favorite in my hometown shore. There are always there and they look beautiful! This is colonial anemone. Anemone is called "sea sunflower" in Chinese. You can see the one opened and the one closed in this picture. The open one does look like a sunflower right? The have stinging cell, so they are cnidirian like jelly fish.



We saw these two stranded jelly fish on the way back. They were likely dead or going to die...
Some jelly fish will swim up-side-down to have their tantacle facing up. This is because there are sometimes symbiotic algae staying at the tantacle. These algae will produce their food from the sun and eventually the jelly fish gets its share too.



This is a simple and basic crane used by the fishermen to upload their catch from their boat to the jetty.



The black color dots that you see were all flies! There were tonnes of them flying and stopping on the fishes left on the ground. When i asked the fisherman were these to sell at the market (i asked in my horror, although i myself don't eat) ? To my relief, he said, no, these were to sell for making pet food.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jia Qing,

Your blog brings back a lot of childhood memory for me.

My grandparents (both paternal & maternal sides) & parents came from Pengerang but we have migrated to Singapore since the 1960s.

Our family used to visit our relatives in Pengerang and spent our year-end school holidays there.

We always stayed at Si-Wan because my aunt's family was there (and they still do). We had a lot of fun visiting the harbour where all the fishing boats came in with all the catches (lots of fishes, prawns, jelly fish, etc.), searching and picking the ducks' eggs (very dirty but fun), fishing at the beaches (puffer fish with hand-held nets only!), picking oysters , pealing the remnants from the rubber trees and making our own rubber balls, bathing from water retrieved from wells, catching fireflies, picking fruits from trees, chasing after the wild boars (actually only the piglets!), spotting the squirrels,.......

We even saw the first "Jaws" movie at the local town centre for RM0.50 each!! There were only benches and I even noticed one chap urinating on the spot!

We used to take the bumboat s from the old jetty at Changi and arrived at the jetty at Sungei Ringget. At the Sungei Ringget, my father would squeeze the whole family into a taxi (we were much smaller then)and happily we headed towards our relative's house. The undulating ride was equivalent to our modern day roller-coaster ride, and with cool & fresh air from the drawn-down windows to top it off.

The food was great then. We had giant flower crabs which you will not find today, plentiful of fresh sea prawns (not the cultivated ones you get now), real kampong chickens, duck eggs with 2 yolks, home-made dried shrimps (bright orange and big!!),..........

Life was fantastic for the residents of Pengerang!! The sea was plentiful.

I am writing as I remember with no attempt to organize the thoughts. So forgive me for rambling.

Anyway, I will definite visit your blog again. I might see some familiar places from the photos you posted.

Keep it up. Thanks.

Rgs, SK

shenjiaqing said...

Hi! SK,

Wow! The cinema? It was long long time ago when i was may be haven't even attend to primary school!
Thanks for sharing your memories here!

Luzgnirekinc said...

Hi there..
im a malay from kg teluk empang but waste a lot of my lifetime in KL.. i really appreciate your work in promoting pengerang in this blog.. its telling people out there that pengerang is such a beautiful places.. i love the scenery and picts here.. keep up the great job..

Anonymous said...

Hi,

May I know how to drive there from Singapore?.. I would like to see the nice place that u have intro...

shenjiaqing said...

hihi Luzgnirekinc

Thanks.
i think no matter where we are, all of us have a kind of special feelings to where we were borned and would really like to do something for our birth land. :)

To Anonymous

It take around 2-3 hours to drive from Singapore to Pengerang, depends on your speed and traffic condition.
After causeway, see the road sign for "Kota Tinggi".
Basically just drive along the main road.
It takes around an hour from JB to Kota Tinggi.
Then look for the road sign for "Pengerang" or "Sungai Rengit" or "Desaru".
The highway to Kota Tinggi will proceed to both Mersing and Pengerang.
At the junction between to go to Mersing or Pengerang, turn right for Pengerang.
Then drive along the highway until the end. No turning involoves.
The road is mainly to go to Pengerang.
You will pass by Desaru on the way to Pengerang. May be 30-40 minutes from Kota Tinggi.
The beach is nice but nothing really very interesting besides from the beach by the clear blueish South China Sea.
There is a fisherman museum over there too, which i have never been to.
Turn left for Desaru and straight for Pengerang.
Desaru is around 20 minutes from Pengerang.
By the end of the Kota Tinggi-Pengerang highway, turn right to get to the Sungai Rengit town, which is the town where i took most of the pictures.
If you just drive on and by pass Sungai Rengit to the end of the road (no turning involves), then you will reach Tanjung Pengelih Jetty, which the bump boats service to Singapore.
But be caution that, the road at jetty is EXTREMELY narrow as the construction to build the new jetty and immigration complex is going on.
Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I was stationed in Singapore in the 1960s. We had to take a launch from Seletar to Malaya and landed at a small harbour where our Landrovers were kept. From there we drove to a bay we called China Rock.

I do not remember the name of the harbour but perhaps it was Pengerang?