Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day +1334 : Holiday at Port Dickson – Hermit Crabs

I am fine today.

The children caught a lot of hermit crabs from the sea. They find them very interesting as each one of them is having a different shell.

These sea creatures are very unique in the sense that they carry their “home” everywhere they go. And when they grow in size, they will find a bigger seashell as their home and abandon the old one.

Once disturbed, the hermit crab would retract into the shell and we have to wait for a while for it to appear again from the shell.

It is even more interesting to find out that some of them come out completely from the shell, most probably in an attempt to escape our capture. We were lucky to be able to see two without shell – one captured by Daniel in the sea and another one I spotted it on the beach.

While the children were having fun with these creatures, I joined them by taking photos which I would like to share with you now.

A hermit crab fresh from the sea...
The children captured many

The work of a hermit crab

First naked hermit crab
Another one

To be continued and see you next post :-)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day +1333 : Holiday at Port Dickson – What did we do?

I am fine today.

The children were so excited to see the beach and couldn’t wait to be there. They went to the beach immediately upon arrival and played and swam there from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, and then spent another one hour in the swimming pool. A total of 3 hours playing sand and swimming :-)

They spent another 3 hours on the beach and in the water the following day. So we made quite a good use of our time – a total of 6 hours of fun, a least for the children :-)

On the first day, when I “pulled” Adriel into the sea, going deeper and deeper, she shouted nervously with all her strength, “I cannot float! I cannot float! Baba. No, no…” and then tried to cling on me, but I “distanced” her.

In the end of the day, she was so excited to find out that she can float and shouted with all her strength again, “I can float! I can float!” I believe she will be able to swim very soon.

On the beach - click on any photo to get a larger view

Joseph and Daniel are looking for something in the water
Found something. Guess what? Hermit crab

Making "ice cream"

After three hours...
To be continued and see you next post :-)