Mama Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) is quite big, compared to the young humans. But she is gentle and harmless if we don't disturb her or her family. Her babies are all grown up and have already lost their stripes. I'm so glad we have another series of tame wild boar at Chek Jawa as I really missed Priscilla the Pig since she died in 2004. But we shouldn't feed these or any other wild boar! [Update: Sadly, I just learnt from Andy via his blog post that a tame wild boar has been found with a fish hook in its mouth]
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) has grown tremendously! The seagrass blades look nice and healthy.
shorebirds out on the seagrasses and sand flats on the northern sand bar. Including a few herons. Shorebirds feed only on the shore and rely on wetlands to fuel their long distance migrations from the Artic where they breed in summer to shores as far away as Australia where they spend the winter.
Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta) on the northern sand bar!
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) nestled in their little pools among the seagrasses here.
Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.) and Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis). There were patches of Fern seagrass (Halophila spinulosa). Sadly, I couldn't find the Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) that used to grow here. I also couldn't spot any obvious dugong feeding trails.
tube worm tubes.
Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii). They were fresh and green!
Seagrasses are important nurseries for small fishes, crabs, shrimps and other sea creatures. Small, young animals find shelter and food here and may eventually move to other adjacent ecosystems like mangroves or reefs or even to the open sea. The fishes in this photo are mostly Common mojarra (Gerres oyena).
Striped hermit crabs (Clibanarius infraspinatus), a few Spiky sea pens (Scytalium sp.), one plain sea anemone, one Ball sea cucumber (Phyllophorus sp.). In the main seagrass meadows as we walked back, we saw several Geographic sea hares (Syphonota geographica) and one Hairy sea hare (Bursatella leachii). Also many Garlic bread sea cucumbers (Holothuria scabra), Sand stars (Astropecten sp.), shrimps and crabs.
Pisang pisang (Kandelia candel).
Sea almond (Terminalia catappa). But I'm not really sure about the one on the right.
|Mystery fruit no. 1 (the ones on the right)|
|Mystery fruit no. 2|
|Mystery seeds no. 3|