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Fjian wildlife

by Kt

In Fiji, I became oddly fascinated by the bugs - I particularly like the metallic green one I saw in the sand at Maqai. I suggested to Mark that perhaps I could start a new career as a bugologist (obviously don't know the correct term, but that works for me). He was enthusiastic and thought this was a top idea if it meant coming out to Fiji to study them so that he could, I quote, become a 'do-bugger-all-ogist'!!

Alongside the bugs, we had lots of geckos/lizards. The one's on Maqai had bright, electric blue tails. There were also cane toads everywhere that apparently aren't a good thing and shouldn't be touched. Even after learning this, Mark had the tendency to lean in to stroke them - it's like travelling with a ten year old, I tell you! Not being indigenous, they are a pest and all over the place at night, it's difficult not to kick them you needed to use your torch wisely. I did hear from the people we met from Oz, that cane toad golf is rather popular over there.

Slightly more domestic, the chickens at Tuvununu were just plain old chickens, but it was interesting to see them, scampering around on the edges of the sea, jumping over the rocks to peck for food. And was it terribly wrong of us, when they were down by where we had seen a sea snake, that we kind of wanted to see the chicken taken down?
Speaking of sea snakes - well they are pretty much the only creature of any concern in Fiji - they have nothing dangerous there at all. But, despite my initial concerns, and my practically drowning myself, scrambling to get out of the water when Mark spotted one when we were on the Coral Coast, we have since learned that despite, being highly venomous, they are a chilled out old thing and are barely a threat. The locals don't think twice about them. Mark came very close to one while diving and being Marked followed it around for a bit. If it was going to bite anyone, it was going to be some big, english stalking dufus. He did say it was odd that this thing swam through the water and turned around with this snakes head, which just looked out of place under water.

There were some birds which were in abundance everywhere and no idea what they are called but we called them the 'masked crusader' birds as they looked like they had batman and robin style masks on. They always came in pairs too and we liked to think of them going on secret missions to save the world. In reality, they mainly just knicked the food off plates left lying around - but maybe they were taking it off to starving children somehwere, or to build a dam to save a village threatened to be engulfed by a river? Maybe?

My absolute favourite thing in Fiji, though, was the blue starfish. They are gorgeous. Nothing much to say about them really. They don't do anything. They just sit there. I think it's partially that this is one of those occasions when I didn't know that such things existed, so with the un-known existence of them, they become doubly exciting. I have made a note, not to really read up about any wildlife in the countries we go to so rather than having a checklist of things you strive to see, you are just pleasantly sruprised by the things you stumble across.

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Posted by KtandMark 12:04 Archived in Fiji

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