This is post number three of a four part blog series documenting a fantastic morning spent with friends travelling by helicopter to remote Cape Domett which is located in the extremely isolated Kimberley region of Northern Australia. Click here for part one and part two.
While I was cooking breakfast the others had a quick swim to cool down before grabbing a fishing line and trying their luck.
Arli was first to pull something in. I have no idea what it was and it was quickly thrown back in the ocean. The saying ‘plenty more fish in the sea’ was mentioned a few times which in hindsight was pretty funny.
The only other fish caught for the morning was from Bruce when shortly afterwards he landed a Barramundi. The only problem though was that at around 50cm it was under size. The Barramundi is Northern Australia most popular fish for anglers for not only it’s good fighting ability but its fabulous taste (especially ones that live in saltwater). As it is a hermaphroditic many areas have strict size limits so this one had to go back as well. In Thailand it is called ปลากะพง (Pla Kapong)
As most of you already know, fishing does not excite me very much. In fact most animals don’t do much for me but on this particular morning one thing did grab my attention. Hermit Crabs. I found these little creatures totally amazing.
They live in discarded shells and constantly need to renovate (change shells) as they grow bigger. The assortment of shapes, sizes and colours was amazing. If I could talk the language of the hermit crab I am sure I would discover a lot of gossip and jealousy over the type of shell their neighbour just moved into!
Speaking of shells their were plenty still spare along the beach which Kristiina quickly found.
Anyway, back to the hermit crabs, the other thing that amazed me was their sense of smell. Sitting on the beach where I could not see a single crab my brother dropped his rockmelon peel. Within minutes this is what it looked like.
Watching them scurry along the beach brought a smile to my face, much more fun then fishing!
This one here that looks like a unicorn got nice and friendly with Arli.
Also interesting was the massive amount of little rolled up balls of sand on the beach. They were everywhere and quite beautiful. I had no idea what caused them and why but looked it up when I got home.
They are apparently called Sand Bubble Crabs and I got the following information from this website.
At low tide, the sand bubbler crabs emerge from their holes beneath the sand to gather microscopic food that the tide has brought along. They do this by collecting and sifting the sand, actually checking each grain, and rolling those parts devoid of anything useful for them into little balls (sand bubbles) that they toss behind. So, the little sand balls are actually cleaned parts of sand, rolled into a ball so that the crab doesn’t check them again by mistake. Pretty clever, isn’t it?
Oh, I almost forgot the snake story! We were all on the second beach (through the archway) and decided to walk a little further to get to the next beach but this meant a short walk through the bush and over some rocks. Thankfully I was walking behind everyone else but was told by the others that Paul who was leading the expedition said “this would be a great place for a snake’ as he pushed his way through some grass which was followed within a second of two with a sound (that I clearly heard) but is really hard to explain using just the English alphabet. I will have a crack though. Yaaahhhowwwwweeeeeurghhhhh – or in Thai it would be something like this – ย่ะโอ๊ยอีอีอีอีอีอีอีอีอีอีอีอีอีอีอีอีเอ้อ. Those sounds coupled with a sudden direction reversal which was quite impressive given how high he was in the air made us quickly realise that his snake comment was indeed correct. It turned out to be a King Brown which is not the sort of thing you want to be stepping on when you are a 40 minute flight away from the nearest hospital and…… you are then pilot!
The walk was quickly abandoned and soon we found our selves back at the chopper packing up ready for the flight home.
Part four (final) will be ready in a few days and will include some fantastic scenery of the trip back home.