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@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
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Do you miss Stilbaai already? Then enjoy this spectacular photo taken at Stilbaai… By @bertus_preller . ? @bertus_preller 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 #stilbaai #southafrica #clouds #southafrica #westerncape #stillbay #clouds #beach #goldenhour
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…
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This is such a sweet photo – and showing that age is just a number. Look after your parents and grand parents – and enjoy the time spent together… . ?• @willem_g4l You don’t stop having fun when you get old… you start getting old when you stop having fun… #stilbaaiadventures #stilbaai #2019 #adventure #kayaking #southafrica #thewesterncape
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.
To feed Stilbaai’s special ‘inhabitants’, the eels that have been living at the Palinggat Homestead in the freshwater pond for more than two decades, is quite a unique activity when in Stilbaai.
The Palinggat Homestead is also a historical building and it is here where Stilbaai Tourism / Information Centre is situated. Here you will find the Archaeological Museum; the school museum; the Country Shop and the Thyme to Relish Restaurant as well as lots of information.
The eels are being fed every day at 11:00 (excluding Sundays) and visitors can join in the experience for a small fee.
Video by Luminescence Productions
16 October 2019 – Two months to go to the summer holiday when families and visitors from all over the world flock to the quiet town of Stilbaai. With an estimate of between 40 000 and 60 000 visitors during December, one can just imagine how busy it can be – from the beaches to the streets to restaurants and shops. It is however always nice to see so many happy people enjoying everything Stilbaai – and Jongensfontein – has to offer.
www.mystilbaai.co.za and the Stilbaai App (download it for free on your mobile device) will keep everyone updated with information and news about activities and events and lots more.
Please like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram – even if it is just for beautiful photos like this one shared by Esmari Cruywagen du Toit.
— Esmari Cruywagen Du Toit (@EsmariDu) October 12, 2019
Look who peeped through the bedroom window of Kirsty Boyle, owner of Charlotte House Guest House situated on the verge of the Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve in Stilbaai West. These owls have made their next on the balcony of the house and have been living here for several years now.
Owls are still regularly seen in Stilbaai.
Photo: Kirsty Boyle
Whale Watching – from Halcyon Cove, a spectacular secluded self-catering guest house on the coast between Jongensfontein and Stilbaai. Just look at this!
“Each year between July and November the whales can be seen in Stillies. We were lucky enough to get drone footage from our guests, who took this footage right from our stoep! Incredible creatures. Book your stay at www.halcyoncove.co.za and pack your binocs!” – Halcyon Cove (Facebook)
Each year between July and November the whales can be seen in Stillies. We were lucky enough to get drone footage from our guests, who took this footage right from our stoep! Incredible creatures. Book your stay at www.halcyoncove.co.za and pack your binocs!
Posted by Halcyon on Monday, September 30, 2019