…the waterline is inhabited by a peaceful mix of Malays, Chinese, and other people, three species of land crabs, lots of birds and some other creatures. Some of the land is used for mining phosphate, but a lot of the surface belongs to a national park.
Some nature impressions:
Big Robber Crab
One of the estimated 23 million Red Crabs
Our guide Lisa explained that the red crabs do not taste good due to their diet of rotting leaves. This is probably true as otherwise the Chinese would have eaten them all.
Roots of an old Banyan Tree in the rain forest
Waterfall and limestone terraces
And the folks here are so proud of the island’s beauties they put them on the numberplate:
Disclaimer: I have not seen any Whale Shark. Yet. But I hope to do so some time in the future. So please if anybody out there meets a really big one, tell them to show up near me!!!