@dejongha posted this special photo of a ‘Blue Sea Dragon’ spotted at Stilbaai.
Here are some more information: Glaucus atlanticus, more commonly called the “blue dragon,” the “blue angel,” the “sea swallow,” or the “blue sea slug,” is an unusual mollusk devoid of a shell. The brilliant blue and silver markings provide contrasting camouflage for the creature through counter-shading, allowing the Blue Dragon to be camouflaged both above and below. The vivid colors also warn of its extremely venomous nature. Common for slugs, the Blue Dragon has a singular muscular foot and rhinopores that provide sensation. It spends most of its life floating upside-down on the surface of the water due to a gas-filled sac in its stomach. These tiny nudibranchs can have up to three sets of long, black cerata (appendages on either side of its body) which can be utilized for respiration, digestion, and protection from predators by storing venom.
Typically only an inch long in length, the miniature creature has never been documented to grow more than 1.2 inches and is usually very slim and sleek. They reproduce as hermaphrodites, as they all have both female and male reproductive parts, and both mating partners will produce egg strings. These eggs are typically laid on drift wood or the carcasses of their parents’ kills where they grow and develop air sacs of their own. The Blue Dragon is in no danger of extinction as the population thrives in every location. Accustomed to tropical, warm waters, the Blue Dragon can be found along the coasts of South Africa, Australia, and parts of Europe. This tiny sea slug is well-known among divers, swimmers, and surfers in those regions because while small, it packs a mean punch. (www.reefnation.com)
This is such a striking photo by Bertus Preller – we thought we will share it for everyone who already miss Stilbaai…
The photographer (@bertus_preller) posted the photo with these words:
The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
Family time and beauty in nature – this photo explains it all.
📷 @mzmarlida – Under a blood red African sky.
Iemand wat jy ken het ‘n oupa en ouma in Stilbaai…
This is such a sweet photo – and showing that age is just a number.
Look after your parents and grandparents – and enjoy the time spent together… – in Stilbaai
📷 @willem_g4l (Willem Engelbrecht) – You don’t stop having fun when you get old… you start getting old when you stop having fun…
The Stilbaai boat, a much-loved and well-known beacon at the N2 turn-off to Stilbaai, has been damaged by strong winds and the weather and the mast has broken off for the third time this year.
It will cost R12 000 to repair it again and the Stilbaai Business Chamber has called on inhabitants and friends of Stilbaai for donations to make sure that the iconic beacon can be restored in time to welcome the holidaymakers.
Deposits can be made into the Stilbaai Business Chamber account and additional funds will be set aside for future reparations to the little boat.
Account Number: 2188-146-166
Reference: Boat followed by a mobile telephone number
Stilbaai photographer Richard Webb took this spectacular photo at the harbour – and yes, the moon was exactly there!
To view more of his beautiful Stilbaai photos, click here.
He will also be displaying and selling a selection of special photos, enlarged and printed on canvass, at the annual Arts & Crafts Market that will be taking place on 16, 17 and 18 December 2019 in the Stilbaai Community Hall.