Despite the rain which started early in the morning, about 30 visitors who signed up for the monthly guided walk by the Naked Hermit Crabs turn up and braved the light rain during the walk.
As usual, we were greeted by the wild boar herd when we alighted from the van outside at the entrance of Chek Jawa. They appeared from the forest behind the bicycle lots. One of the piglets laid down in the grooming position, waiting for mama wild boar to groom it.
|Wild boars - young and adult|
|One of the piglets in grooming position.|
|Wild boar visiting the information kiosk. (Beware of this adult pig)|
What to do in such situation:
- The NParks staff recommends clapping of hands and making loud sounds to scare that wild boar away. He reminds visitors not to say "Hello" as it will signal invitation for them to get closer.
- Watch all your belongings, especially bags. This wild boar can grab the base of your bag and put it away. In such cases, playing a tug-of-war game will cause severe damage to your bag.
- Keep all food in your bags. Carrying food around in plastic bags will attract this wild boar. It will not relent in following you until it gets hold of the food. If you have to encounter such situations, raise your plastic bags as high as possible and keep them in your bag quickly.
Back to the guided walk...
Despite the rainy weather, the visitors and guides spotted quite a number of animals.
One of your visitors spotted a tree climbing crab near the foot of the jejawi tower. Its pincers look like it is forming a heart shape.
|Tree climbing crab.|
|Jejawi Tower from the boardwalk.|
|Signage at the base of the tower.|
Chay Hoon spotted a Mangrove dwarf. I was so happy to see this dragonfly as this species is classified as uncommon and I have not seen dragonflies in Chek Jawa for a long time. This is a female dragonfly. Too bad my compact camera did not do a good job in capturing this dragonfly. Hopefully this sighting means something good and the dragonfly population in Chek Jawa will grow in population.
|Mangrove dwarf (Raphismia bispina), female|
Today I'm on free guiding and was following closely with Ria's group. I helped to spot animals and explain some of the sighting to our visitors.
|Ria explaining about the nipah palm.|
|Fruit of the nipah palm. This is where you get attap chee from.|
|Our visitors looking at the waving fiddler crabs and trying to spot sand bubbler crabs.|
|Wild boar tracks at the start of the boardwalk.|
|Damage caused by wild boars' digging.|
|Track on sand. Can you see them?|
|Umbrellas and ponchos all out.|
|Sea hibiscus flower.|
The guides had a lovely lunch at the Sister's Restaurant despite the ongoing rain.
For more details about the free Chek Jawa guided walk by the Naked Hermit Crabs, check out here.