I was still in bed early this morning when I heard a shout from outside - it was Willem who was working next door yesterday (we chatted yesterday and he and his friend told me about the 4 large grunters they had caught near the Southern Cross day park). Well, even though my Afrikaans is near to non-existent and Willem's English is a bit hard to follows at times, it seems that Willem figures I'm interested in what's in the river - even if it's early and I'm not up yet. But I didn't mind because it's true - so out I came - and this is what I saw:
So, yes ,we have a rather large resident crab who lives in the river near us. I remember a photo our neighbour took of what I am sure was the same crab last year. Both times (then and now), the crab was returned to his home in the river - Willem's idea, not mine (I still hadn't had my coffee, so my mind really wasn't working yet). Meanwhile, Willem caught a couple of fish for dinner.
With the particularly low tide this morning it was a perfect day for a walk to the Reebok tide pools (and to Little Brak beyond). If you only want to go as far as the tide pools, it's about a 45 minute walk. Be sure to bring tekkies or old beach shoes so you can explore them without cutting your feet on the barnacles and mussels).
Oh, and if you're wondering what the helicopters are doing circling overhead - usually off Reebok - they are no doubt spotting Great White sharks (see the Ocearch shark tracker images below - but note these are just for the sharks that are tagged - and in order to "ping" the transmitting device must be at the surface & dry for 90 seconds - meaning this just scratches the surface of shark activity in the area).
Click on any of the images below for the full details of the beach walking route and for more photos on the sports-tracker.com website.
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