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What luck! Taking
a walk on the beach and looking into the rock pools, I found this Marbled Electric
Ray (Torpedo sinuspersici) swimming in it. It is about 30cm in length from nose
to tail tip. As it kept on burying itself in the sand it was difficult to take
a picture of so I caught it in a bucket, took the pics, then let it go again.
An extract from
“Little is known
about them. It is a sluggish predator of bony fishes. At night it actively
hunts for food, sculling slowly through the water about a meter above the
bottom; during the day it usually rests on the bottom and opportunistically
ambushes unwary prey. It uses its broad pectoral fins to envelop the target
fish before delivering an electric shock to stun it. Usually solitary, they may
form groups during the mating season. It measures up to 130 cm long,
although most are less than 100 cm. The angling record from South Africa
is 13 kg.
Reproduction is aplacental viviparous, with the developing embryos initially surviving on their yolk sacs, and then on enriched uterine fluid produced by the mother. Litters of 9-22 young are birthed in the summer. Newborns measure about 10 cm wide; males mature at a disc width of 39 cm and females at 45 cm.”
In a shallow tidal pool, I came across three Hermit Crabs
fighting for the possession of a larger shell. For a while I thought the drab
grey one would win but it was two against one. Then a forth crab joined in ….
The smallest crab is about 1cm in length.
Unfortunately by this time my camera battery got too low so
I never saw who the victor was.
Excuse the poor quality of the pictures but these were taken
through the water.
The Rock Hyrax reaches a length of 50 cm (20 in) and weighs around 4 kg (8.8 lb),
They eat a varied species of plants and grass and are able to go for many days without water due to the moisture they obtain through their food.
Hyraxes live in colonies of up to 30 individuals. These colonies are subdivided into smaller groups consisting of a few families. These consist of 3 to 15 related adult females, a dominant male, and several young. The dominant male defends and watches over the group. The male also marks its territory
They give birth to two or three young after a gestation period of 6–7 months. The young are well developed at birth with fully opened eyes. Babies can ingest solid food after two weeks and are weaned at ten weeks.
They live on and amongst rocks and can be found in most habitats. They come out early in the mornings to absorb the first rays of the sun