Living in a river delta where saltwater meets freshwater, crocodiles demonstrate remarkable adaptability. The saltwater crocodile are examples of species that have adapted to thrive in such conditions. These environments often have a high concentration of saltwater, particularly in regions where the river opens into the sea. Crocodiles dwelling in these areas have developed physiological adaptations that enable them to regulate the salt content in their bodies. For instance, they possess specialized glands in their tongues that effectively excrete excess salt, allowing them to maintain their osmotic balance. The diversity of prey in these regions, ranging from fish and crustaceans to mammals, contributes to the sustenance and growth of these reptiles. Being in a dynamic environment like a delta, these crocodiles are often larger and more aggressive than their freshwater counterparts. Not only are they powerful predators, but they also play a critical role in maintaining the health and balance of the ecosystem. Their presence indicates a robust food web and a richly diverse habitat. Observing these magnificent creatures in their saltwater environments offers a compelling testament to the incredible resilience and adaptability of life.
Coast Province Kenya
If you’re looking for an idyllic getaway, complete with stunning coral reefs and pods of playful dolphins, look no further than Wasini Island, located on Kenya’s south coast. The small island is surrounded by a pristine coral reef that is perfect for snorkeling and diving, and the dolphins can often be seen frolicking in the waves just offshore. Visitors can relax on the rugged beaches or explore the island’s lush vegetation. There are also several small villages on Wasini where you can learn about local culture and buy hand-crafted souvenirs.
Early morning at the south coast, close to the reef two women collecting sea urchins in the swallow waters. As the sun starts to peek over the horizon, the women make their way down to the beach. The tide is low and the sea urchins are easy to find. The women carefully search through the swallow waters for their next meal.
Sea urchins are a common food source on the south coast of Kenya. They can be found at low tide, and the early morning hours are the best time to collect them. The waters are calm and there is less chance of being stung by a jellyfish.
The women use small buckets to collect the urchins. They work quickly, as they know that high tide will soon arrive. In a few hours, they will have enough urchins to sell at the market or use for dinner.
A pretty Egret hunting in the low tide waters at the south coast.
The famous Shimoni Caves in Kwale district. Former slave holding den that was part of the East African slave trade controlled by the Sultan of of Zanzibar. Located in Shimoni, Kenya, the Shimoni Caves are a network of man-made limestone caves that were dug out by slaves as hiding places from the British during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The caves were also used as a base for smuggling goods between Africa and Asia. Today, the caves are a popular tourist attraction and offer visitors a glimpse into the area’s history.
Walking around in Shella on Lamu you will from time to time bump into beautiful old antique door in the traditional Swahili design.
The water inside the reef as a perfect mirror reflecting the lazy clouds above.
Another beautiful detail from Baitil Aman house in Shella. Carefully restore rooms respecting the antique building.
A small kingfisher sitting on a mangrove branch inside dense vegetation behind Funzi island on the south coast
Going back in time and traveling on the stage coach to Dar es Salaam. The stage hawkers displaying their wares to the passengers inside
Kenya has some of the most beautiful beaches and reefs in the world. The image is from behind Wasini island on the Kisite reef.
The waves undermining the coral cliffs and eventually the outstretched coral breaks off with trees and vegetation landing in the sea for yet another turn of the circle in costal erosion.
Swimming along the coral cost line. You have to be careful not to get too close as the waves can throw you against the coral cliffs
Inside the dense mangrove forest behind Funzi island is a wealth of bird species that feeds of the insects vertebrae and fish thriving among the mangrove roots.
Palm Nut Vulture flying at high speed along the coast line in southern Kenya
A peak under the surface and you will find a fantastic world unfolding between the corals that grows in a multitude of shapes and colors.