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At the weekend we went to the South Coast, one hour drive south of Durban. We stayed at a beach house. When we got there it was very wet, so we did some puzzles. Then we went to the beach. There were lots of rockpools. In the pools were lots of little fish and crabs. As the tide came in, all the crabs hid from the waves, sitting on the rocks. It was fun to watch!
Then on Monday we went to CrocWorld. First we saw all the snakes. Some of them were hard to find. This was because sometimes they were in a corner of their case and sometimes because they were well camouflaged. My favourite was the green mamba, it was very green! In one case you could see the skin that had been shed by the snake. It was massive. There was also a green iguana that Mummy liked.
Then we saw some birds. They were all rescue birds. There were 5 spotted eagle owls that we saw eating dead chicks, we saw one pull the head off. There were flamingos, one of them did a poo and all the fish in the water, came and ate it. It was disgusting! I liked the grey crowned crane. There was a nest with 2 eggs in it. It was difficult for the crane to sit on the eggs because its legs were so long. There were also some marabou storks. One was called Stallone and his beak looked strange because it poked up. He was born like that. There was also a noisy fish eagle – it is called the voice of Africa.
Then we saw the crocodiles! They were Nile Crocodiles and were big and fat and most were lying in the sun. We saw a couple swim under the water, all you could see was their eyes and some bubbles. I learnt that they keep their mouths open to help cool them down. They can stay under water for an hour, and they can swim 30km/hour. People can only swim 8km/hr! There was a big crocodile called Henry, he was 4m long. He is the oldest crocodile in captivity. He was captured in 1903 because he was taking children from a village. He had 10 wives! The best part was I got to hold a baby crocodile. It was 5 months old. It was very wriggly. We also learnt that we should stay at least 5m away from the waters edge, because crocodiles launch half their body out of the water to catch their prey.
We also got to see leopard tortoises. Some were really big and I got to hold a baby. It hid its legs and head and did a pee, but not on me! We found caterpillars crossing a path. There were so many it was hard not to stand on them. We also found geckos hiding in the wooden hand rails. There were also lots of monkeys that were eating the birds food.
We spent a bit more time on the beach. We found a jelly fish and lots of blue bottles. I don’t like them, but luckily no one got stung. There were lots of little crabs that were transparent. We could only see them when they were running fast across the sand. We picked up lots of good shells too. The Indian ocean was warm to paddle in, and it was fun to chase the big waves.
We also filled a bag with plastic rubbish. There were lots of bottle tops and lollypop sticks. Plastic bags are really bad in the sea because they look like jelly fish to turtles and they try and eat them.
There was a monkey at the beach house, it tried to steal into the house to get food! It was a fun few days. Now we are back in Durban waiting for the car.
Dear Eleanor, I really enjoyed all your photos. It was fun trying to spot the crabs on the rocks. The crocodiles looked a bit scary and fat I don’t like them very much. The snakes looked exciting and I absolutely loved the shiny shells. Lots of love Lorien xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x
Hi Eleanor, I am glad you didn’t get eaten by a crocodile! And the inside of those shells are like a rainbow. Did you find some pearls? Love Jonny
We didn’t find any pearls – but we looked for them!!
I held a Nile crocodile in Egypt. I thought it’s stomach felt nice and soft.