Hodotermes : Extension of Range
Four Nautilus found 25 August
PIED MANNIKIN as PREY of the CAT-EYED SNAKE
The status is reviewed of the African rock python in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The python features in rock art, mythology and fables which obscures the situation in reality.
This two metre long snake was found washed up on the Bonza Bay beach. It was identified as a boa constrictor by Dr. W.R. Branch, herpetologist of Port Elizabeth.
Paper Nautilus -This beautiful specimen measuring 19.5 cm x 13 cm was found on 16 May at Mossel Bay. Discovered and photographed by Thelma Engelbrecht. Thank you, Thelma, for sharing this with the Bonza Bay web site.
This article is addressed to parents and grandparents who take their children to the beach. If those children get stung by blue-bottles it may turn a happy outing sour. Always to take a blue-bottle sting remedy just in-case. The remedy can be packed in the beach bag along with the towels, sarmies and suntan lotion. In emergency : a plant "a fygie" Carpobrotus which can be used to sooth the stings. It has been planted at the Life Savers "shack" for your convenience.
Nautilus at Bonza Bay
Given their rarity as treasures to be found on the beach, both chambered nautilus and paper nautilus are collectors' items. While many beach-combers have collected them, there is a paucity of information recording date and place where specimens have been found. The biology of nautiloids, pelagic animals living in tropical oceans, is not well known.