How many Stars do You See?

The blue sea star (starfish) is common in Philippine waters. It’s natural habitat is the shallow waters of the Indo-Pacific.

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Linckia laevigata

The blue sea star has five arms which are highly flexible, even if the body feels stiff and inflexible.

In very rar cases the blue sea star has only four arms.

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Sea star with four arms

Four arms only. A caprice of nature?

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How many sea stars do you see?

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How many?

 

Albino.

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Albino sea star
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Afterglow

For me, the couple of minutes, after the sun has set, are experienced as the most atmospheric of the day. There is truly something ritualistic in that short moment. Only one thing can make this moment even more elevated – to witness the returning of the Flying Foxes to the mainland. But no Flying Fox was seen today on the White Beach side.

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evening mood

 

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awesome…
afterglow; awesome
…not only for humans.

 

 

Bulabog Beach

TODAY, FRIDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2017

Since the northeast monsoon (Amihan) has begun, so has the season for kiteboarding at Bulabog Beach. Bulabog Beach is on the opposite side of White Beach. Kiteborders’ favorite weather channels, Windguru & Co, made promising forcasts for today. An average of 17 knots was  pronounced all day long. However, a mediocre breeze of 12 knots was more in accordance to the facts.

In addition to that, Bulabog Beach revealed itself!

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Bulabog, second bay

 

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Second bay

 

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Bulabog

 

 

The Cruise Rally

TODAY, WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2017

Celebrity Millennium passed the baton on to World Dream. One cruise after the other.

Mass tourism on all levels, intended by authorities!

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World Dream

While  the World Dream arrived today,

the Celebrity Millennium left yesterday for

Malaysia.

Commonly a cruise stays for just one day.

The World Dream will make soon its second visit to Boracay and drop anchor on November 29.

 

 

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Celebrity Millennium

Some hotel groups on the island obviosly have cooperations with the cruises. So could the sea voyagers of Celebrity Millennium, rest on beach beds belonging to the Regency Hotel. The World Dream cooperates with Paradise Garden. Of course, all these Hotels and Cruises are Chinese owned.

Must a sea voyager not wonder sometimes, why his cruise made port at one of the most crowded island in the Philippines, if there are more than 7000 beautiful islands at choice? What’s more, since all the best facilities needed, are available on board?

 

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World Dream, Nov. 29, 2017

Holy Crab!

What’s in the Hand?

It moves, it crawls, it tweaks – it’s alive!
Creepy or cute – certainly very special.

A notorious wanderer, always in search of a new home.

Screwd by nature, it can only envy the animals that are provided with a home, lasting a whole lifetime – like turtles or snails.

 

Naked, blank, unpropertied and homeless, the Hermit crab is born into this world. Thank God though, its the Tropics and not the northern hemisphere. At least it’s warm all year around. The first thing to do for the little vulnerable crab when it leaves the water where it was born, is to find a home, what means an empty shell that offers some kind of protection from it’s enemies.

However, every home is just a temporary one. As nice a shell might be, as the crab grows the shell does not! The shell starts to become uncomfortable and sooner or later it will be to small and the little crab has to find another apartment. And this will happen many times during it’s lifespan which is up to 10 years.

 

 

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Hermit crab reaches far out of its shell

 

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Hermit crab, left side

 

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Hermit crab, front view

 

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The little hermit crab has just left it’s shell and refuses to go back into it.