Also other animals are cool to observe, for example black heron birds collecting stuff to build a nest. They are smart enough to pick dry needles, drop them in the calm waters of the lagoon, and pick them up later when they are smoother to build their nest. Besides of mosquitos, crabs and birds, of course the most important fauna is reef fish that we watched closely when snorkeling between our and its neighbor motu (uninhabited island). I saw some things for the first time in my life, for instance huge blue sea stars, huge sea cucumbers, sea urchins, goatfish, or breathing and living mussels (blue and green Elongate Clams). I caught two air bubbles coming out of the mussel! So cool. Another scene happened between a fish that wanted to protect his coral area and my GoPro on a stick: the fish was fighting my camera. I think it wouldn’t have dared this with me... Too giant ;-)
|The jungle way to the snorkeling bay|
Last but not least: on this island (fortunately on the last evening, otherwise I wouldn’t have slept well again) I saw the most gigantic spider ever. Better: my father, a spider phobic, saw it first, when he grabbed for his towel in the shower. In its normal position it would probably size about 10cm, the body alone about 4 x 2 cm... I understand that he was completely terrified, and he actually had the horror written in his face when he told me that we “had quite a problem”. In the end we could get rid of it, with our blood completely filled with adrenaline.
|Our "Dining Room" window in the pitch black|
|Our breakfast table|