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Life on the seashore

October 22, 2009
Not a complete set, the rest of the books I have on my desk - not collecting dust! Natural History lovers should have this set.

Not a complete set, the rest of the books I have on my desk - not collecting dust! Natural History lovers should have this set.

I have previously posted The Seashore Life Of the Brunei Heart of Borneo booklets last June. According to the project leader and main author of the books, Roger Mc Ilroy who reported from cold and windy Scotland; the booklets were launched last Friday, 16 October, when BSP – the sponsor of the booklets – planted their 10,000 trees at Badas. I was away at that time and so I miss the boat. You may have read on the news of the launching from The Brunei Times aptly titled ‘BSP digs deep to preserve HoB’.

I did promise to give an insight on the booklets in my post. I will do as soon as I got more details from Roger on where the general public can get these very useful books on Brunei’s natural history. The plan, Roger said, was to distribute the sets to the schools around Brunei and made them available at all bookstores.  Although the book is intended for students, anyone interested should also grab them and have a read.

Page 17 of Vol 5 - The Crustaceans show a pic of a stressed crab that it foams. Maybe thats where the word 'crabby' comes from.

Page 17 of Vol 5 - The Crustaceans show a pic of a stressed crab that it foams. Maybe thats where the word 'crabby' comes from.

One of the photographers for the booklets was none other than Jan Shim whose pic of a foaming Horn-eyed Ghost Crab was selected in Vol 5 – The Crustaceans. The pic, as always from any of Jan’s work, is superb. Quoting from the book…”The Horn-eyed Ghost Crab is considered to be the most seaward living of the Ocypodes, one of the many types of crabs….” And the foam? Well, the book says: “When the Ocypode crab is stressed, it blows bubbles.” You have to read more from the book on the how😉

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