A palpable excitement pervaded the four of us at we set off very early
in the morning from
60 Kms away and though an island, is accessible by road! The
children jumped out of the car with barely contained anticipation
of finally getting to do the coral walk.
Within minutes, our guide materialised and we were off…
We had checked out the tide timings beforehand so as to reach
the place at low tide when the beach is exposed.
The short walk to the beach was pretty with mangroves all along the way. In fact, on either side of the path were mangroves complete with their breathing roots around them which have been planted by the forest department. They are really cute since many of them are all of 5 feet in height, like mini plants!
We stepped onto the shore, which resembled a seemingly endless canvas of sand littered with stones and rocks and little puddles of water trapped in the depressions around them. Little did we know the enormous amount of marine life trapped in them!
To our delight, we spotted the coral crab right away! Pretty creature… followed in quick succession by various other crabs, a sea spider, starfish, different kinds of corals, octopus and sea weeds.
We totally enjoyed this trip... enjoy the pictures that follow... and come back for more soon!
|Puffer fish with it's very strong teeth visible|
|The puffed up puffer fish|
|Lesser sand plover|
|The ripples in the sand... at low tide|
|Western reef egrets in grey and white morphs|
|Breathing roots of the mangroves|
|Baby hermit crabs|
|Live coral at the top edges|
|Live moon coral|
|An Octopus in it's element!|
|Whimberel with Curlew in background|
|Sea grapes... the sea weed|