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 Next  will  be  
 LAND  OF  THE  DEAD
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LAND  OF  THE  DEAD

 
 As  we  moved  towards  the  sea  the  scenery     changed.
 At  the  high  tide  line  we  came  across  mangroves.
 
 
 These  mangrove  forests  occupy  a  great  deal  of  area  and  have  a  eco  system  of  their  own,  mudskippers,  crabs  snails.  etc  canbe  seen  in  small  pools  all  over  the  place.
 We  wanted  to  spent  more  time  here,  but  our  guide  asked  us  to  move  on,  as  the  sun  was  already  too  hot  and  the  animals  will  go  deeper  in  the  heat.


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LAND  OF  THE  DEAD,  contd:

 
 As  we  moved  on  we  came  across  several  dead  animals.
 
 From  this  point  onwards  I  will  need  help  of  marine  experts  in  naming  species.
 I  am  giving  names  that  were  given  by  our  guide.
 
 PUFFER??  (id  please)
 


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LAND  OF  THE  DEAD,  contd:

 
 Further  down  we  came  across  several  dead  corals
 
 
 MOON  CORAL??
 
 
 
 
 
 one  more
 
 
 FOSSIL?????
 
 


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LAND  OF  THE  DEAD

 
 
 FINALLY  we  reached  water  line  and  saw  a  dead  Sting  ray
 
 
 
 The  water  was  not  very  clear  at  this  point,  it  was  in  pool  of  water  separated  by  main  body  of  water.
 Sting  Ray’s  are  a  major  attraction  of  this  place  along  with  octopus,  however  they  are  not  easy  to  sight  and  you  have  to  be  really  lucky  to  see  them.
   We  were  hoping  to  see  live  ones,  however  it  seemed  that  they  are  only  visible  in  the  mornings,  when  water  is  cooler  and  Oct  –  Dec  are  said  to  be  best  time  for  watching  them.
 Look  at  this  link  for  rays.
 http://www.jamnagar.org/mnp.htm
 
 A  small  crab  is  also  visible  near  the  body  of  the  ray,  but  they  will  get  their  place  of  honour  in  the  “LAND  OF  THE  LIVING”.
 NEXT  LAND  OF  THE  LIVING.


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 Zakaas...  more  pics  please  Smile
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 will  visit  soon..wife  will  be  busy  shopping  in  bandhani  and  i  will  walk  amongst  corals.   Very Happy  
 
 Any  specific  time  /  period  for  this  ?
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 Did  the  sting  ray  have  any  electricity  (sting)  left   ROFL  
 
 Somehow  I  had  a  picture  of  you  in  my  mind  as  being  in  your  late  twenties...  may  be  by  the  comfort  you  give  when  you  write  to  younger  people  around  you...  with  no  aura  of  being  a  senior  hobbyist  created  that  image...  After  seeing  your  picture  I  realised  that  you  are  much  younger  than  I  thought...  in  spirit  I  am  sure   Smile  
 
 Looking  forward  for  the  land  of  the  living...  are  we  allowed  to  collect  samples  (dead  /  alive?)  /  purchase  stuff  from  the  reserve?  Do  you  have  some  photos  of  the  mudskippers  in  their  natural  habitat??  (hope  so)
 
 Keep  going...
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 Must  have  been  awesome  to  have  visited  this  place  !
 Thanks  for  sharing  the  pics  Sandeep  Smile  
 
 I  recall  Arpit  Deomurari,  I  think   his  ID  on  IAH  was  "WildOne"  has  done  quite  a  lot  of  work  in  this  area.
 
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 Appreciate  your  efforts  to  share  your  experience  with  the  rest  of  us.  Looking  forward  to  see  the  pics  of  the  rest  of  the  journey!  Thumbs Up
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 I  just  went  through  the  link  you  posted...  it  is  awesome...  other  hobbyists...  anybody  willing  to  travel??  we  should  make  a  decent  sized  group  and  go...  what  say??
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will  visit  soon..wife  will  be  busy  shopping  in  bandhani  and  i  will  walk  amongst  corals.   Very Happy  
 
 Any  specific  time  /  period  for  this  ?                

 
 You  have  to  take  permission  from  forest  dept  to  go  there.
 I  can  get  you  its  exact  address.
 You  have  to  give,  name  of  persons,  details  of  vehicles,date  of  visit,  there  is  a  small  fee  also.
 The  time  of  visit  will  be  informed  to  you  at  the  time  of  registration,  because  it  will  depend  upon  the  tide  on  that  particular  day.
 BTW,  get  some  good  boots,  we  tore  our  boots  on  the  rocks,  you  cannot  walk  barefoot,  as  the  reefs  are  razor  sharp,  and  hurt  like  hell,  as  when  you   get  nicked,  sea  water  gets  into  the  wound.  Very Happy  
 Ordinary  bathroom  chappals  also  don't  work,  as  you  can  get  wedged  between  rocks  and  get  hurt.
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Did  the  sting  ray  have  any  electricity  (sting)  left   ROFL                  

 
 We  got  that  close  only  after  the  guide  assured  that  it  was  dead.
 only  a  day  before  I  had  watched  Steve  Irwin's  fatal  video.  Very Happy  
 
 
                                                 
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 Somehow  I  had  a  picture  of  you  in  my  mind  as  being  in  your  late  twenties...  may  be  by  the  comfort  you  give  when  you  write  to  younger  people  around  you...  with  no  aura  of  being  a  senior  hobbyist  created  that  image...  After  seeing  your  picture  I  realised  that  you  are  much  younger  than  I  thought...  in  spirit  I  am  sure   Smile  
                 

 That  is  why  I  had  never  posted  a  picture  of  myself  before  ROFL   ROFL  
 
 
                                                 
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 Looking  forward  for  the  land  of  the  living...  are  we  allowed  to  collect  samples  (dead  /  alive?)  /  purchase  stuff  from  the  reserve?  Do  you  have  some  photos  of  the  mudskippers  in  their  natural  habitat??  (hope  so)                

 I  will  post  land  of  living  as  soon  as  I  sort  out  the  pics  and  videos.
 No  samples  of  anything  are  allowed,  and  that  is  good.
 I  have  seen  wholescale  destruction  of  this  area  before.
 Before  this  area  was  declared  a  marine  reserve  somteime  in  80's,  cement  factories  in  this  area,  including  mine(I  Joined  here  only  last  year),  used  to  dredge  sand  from  this  very  area.
 The  dredging  operations  went  on  for  nearly  30-40  years,  200-300  tonnes  of  sand  DAILY.
 Can  you  imagine  the  amount  of  life  destroyed.
 I  would  do  anything  possible  to  keep  this  eco  system  alive.
 although  we   saw  nearly  hundreds  of  mudskippers,  getting  to  shoot  them  in  their  natural  habitat  is  next  to  impossible.
 First,  their  camouflage  is  perfect,  you  can't  see  them  till  you  nearly  step  on  them,  they  are  half  buried  in  sand.
 Second,  they  move  like  lightning.


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 I  want  to  see  more  pics  Thumbs Up  
 These  are  indeed  moon  coral  or  Favia  sp  
 
 The  fish  is  probably  Scaridae  family  aka  parrot  fish,  Because  of  its  fused  teeth.
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Must  have  been  awesome  to  have  visited  this  place  !
 Thanks  for  sharing  the  pics  Sandeep  Smile  
 
 I  recall  Arpit  Deomurari,  I  think   his  ID  on  IAH  was  "WildOne"  has  done  quite  a  lot  of  work  in  this  area.
 
 Cheers,                

 
 Thanks  Hayath,
 I  still  can't  get  over  the  hangover  of  that  place.
 It  is  one  of  the  most  beautiful  places  on  earth,  the  only  comparable  thing  I  have  visited  is  underground  caves  complex  in  Pithoragad  in  Uttrakhand.
 It  is  not  fish  realted  but  equally  beautifull.
 
 I  have  met  Arpit,  he  is  a  fantastic  guy,  and  a  ace  photographer,  some  of  the  photos  on  jamnagar.org  are  taken  by  him.
 Unfortunately  he  has  moved  to  Baroda.
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