Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mushroom Island

After all that food, it is time for a walk.

This is the island out the front of my place that you see in lots of my photos (last Friday’s Sky Watch Reflections). Chuckeroon thought it was a bush growing in the water so I decided a short walk to the island was needed to clear up the misunderstanding.

Our girls call it Mushroom Island but it is known locally as Snake Island, as there are few stripy sea snakes living there (they are harmless Neva!!!)

24 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

You mean you can walk from the shore where you live out to this island? Wow. And there are snakes there too? Harmless? Wow. You must be brave.

Thiên said...

That looks so cool, Jules!

rimawa said...
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rich said...

Wow! Amazing...

photowannabe said...

Harmless or not..I guess I'm not brave enough for those guys. I thought the island was in much deeper water. Great shots, Jules.

Katie said...

Cool looking island! Can I assume the water is really warm there?

Kris McCracken said...

That is very cool. I assume that eventually they’ll be worn away like the twelve apostles in Victoria.

Marcel said...

I'd sure love to see this for real! Neat Island.

Bergson said...

i like this little island.

it's perfect for take a drink

Island Rambles Blog said...

You have a wonderful and unusual blog...very exciting....I found your blog on Sky Watch and really like your photos..it is so different there from what it is like on my island...I will browse through more of your blog..and come back again.....cheers from Canada.

Jules said...

Hi All - thanks for your comments

The island is on the reef so that is why it is so shallow. We have a coral reef out the front so you can walk out for a long way before the coral wall drops off into the deep water.
It is always a good idea to walk with reef shoes on so you don't walk on anything sharp or painful like sea anemones.

dive said...

Wow, Jules.
Can I come and be your gardener, please?

alicesg said...

Very interesting island. It looked like an island in the middle of the sea. It is real cool to be able to walk round the island but I dont like the snakes. :)

Donna said...

Cool Island!!!hughugs

Kelly said...

Very beautiful! It reminds me of photos I have seen of a temple in Bali called Tanah Lot. I love the rocky islands.

M.Benaut said...

Next weekend, lets have a recipe for stir-fried stripy sea snake. Would that be OK with banana wine ?

Well, at last we know how to get to your islands. Maybe one could walk to Oz with the right directions !

CaBaCuRl said...

Coo-eee Jules. Not much has changed in your world....still very beautiful, life still seems good for you.Must check out Sky Watch Friday...sounds interesting! Hope your girls are well too.

Jules said...

Hi All Thanks for popping in.

Dive - sure can, as long as you bring your long rake and wear short shorts!!!!

M B - yeah sounds er....interesting. maybe Dive could serve it wearing his short shorts!!!!

It would be nice - but if I could walk to Australia I'd be there more often!!!

USelaine said...

Oh, don't hurt the snakes! She said they're harmless. I'd like to see one - alive that is.

babooshka said...

What a starnge looking arear. No wonder it's nicknamed Mushroom Island. How apt.

Jules said...

uselaine - I'll try and "catch" one - on camera of course!!!!

hi babooshka - yes bananas now mushrooms!!!!

Old Wom Tigley said...

What great pictures these little islands make.. I remember ship island from a while back.

Frango said...

THOSE SNAKES ARE DEADLY JULES.
Hi again Jules.
Alarm bells rang about your comment they are harmless.
If they are the same ones I saw at tavui nSubmarine base 1965 to 1971 the Chinese and Tolais knew this too. The comment from New Caledonia below refers.
Cheers
Frank>>>

A couple of you have noted that I reported swimming with venomous sea snakes in January. I should tell you that you do not see these snakes as a matter of course everywhere in Nouméa (though they are endemic to New Caledonia). You can see a couple here and there near the Meridien and on the Baie des Citrons, but otherwise, they are not out in force. On one particular outing (to Phare Amedee), however, we saw 10-15 of them. They are called "tricots rayés" (or striped sea snakes in English).
A little something about the tricot rayés. They are the most poisonous snakes on the island. They spend half of their time in the ocean and half of their time on land: they can stay under water for up to an hour at a time. Their venom is deadly - powerful enough to kill a human (as it is ten times as powerful as that of a cobra). They are not aggressive, however, and are even somewhat afraid of intruders. They tend to swim away from you as soon as they see you. They also have rather tiny mouths, so you would really have to be in their way (and they would need to be frightened or defensive) for them to be able to (or want to) attack you with their tiny mouths - between your fingers, for example. I should perhaps add, however, that a bite from one of these will kill you in five minutes. There is no known antidote.
We saw these beige and black striped snakes swimming in the sea, swimming through the sand (yes, swimming is the right word - it is really rather beautiful to watch) and curled up in trees. We also saw a black and blue one whose blue was a blue I had never seen in nature (see below). The Australian tourists really liked the tricots rayés and were far from aware of the danger as they would approach them and allow their children to swim with them unknowingly.

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