Sunday, April 07, 2013
What a fun day it was today. I went to Rottnest Island. The Quokkas are so cute. I just couldn't get over that they are the size of cats! They were so friendly and we were able to get quite close. I didn't feed them because I didn't want them to get sick. They get their water from the plants that they eat during the summer. One of the plants they eat is called Pigface!
I was able to bring my scooter and get around all over the island. The birds there are just plentiful and very colorful. It was wonderful to see them flying all over. Some of them are like arial acrobats! The nests were easy to spot and some of them were extremely big. Others very small.
There are only 22 different reptiles and amphibians on the island whereas there are over 90 different species in the Perth area alone. Some of them are the Moaning Frog, several legless lizards and even a rare blind snake. I'm very glad that I didn't run into the snakes. Whereas I am not scared of snakes one of them is very poisonous.
The plants and flowers on the island are so pretty. There are several that are found only in WA (Western Australia) and on the island whereas the Rottnest Daisy is grown world round as an ornamental plant. That particular plant is actually related to the carrot. I'm not sure I'd eat it though. It's not that much like a carrot. Between the Wind, Sand, Salt and the grazing of the Quokkas, not to mention natural fires and "wood collecting" by men the biodiversity of the plant life has suffered. The Rottnest Island Authority is actually working on "re-greening" the island with plants that were native there a long time ago.
The Marine life around the island is large and diverse with over 400 different tropical fish species! The extensive sea grass meadows as well as over 20 different types of corals there are a lot of housing for all those fish. There are also Nudibranchs which are a type of sea slug and can be quite colorful as well. The Marine Reserve has huge areas saved for the different areas with over 9 different types of sea grass. There are several different crabs but the best known crustaceans is the Rock Lobsters! Those are caught and flown all over the world but mostly to the USA and Japan for eating. Of course those around the island are protected but the ones on the coast of Australia are harvested. All shells are protected and one is not allowed to collect them in any form. There is also whale watching from the land as the Humpbacks pass right by on their migratory route.
There are several tours and walks one can take to see all the different types of areas as well as chartered dives. There is also golf, museums and galleries as well as cafes and bars. For education at Rottnest there's everything from self guided tours to professional learning courses. It seems that there is something for everyone there.
Even though I had my scooter I also walked 1,118 steps! I'm quite proud of myself. I forgot to use my pedometer until the late afternoon so I know I have more but that's all I can prove. lol
I'm very ready for bed with all that fresh salt air. Why is it that one gets so tired when one is at the ocean? Maybe it's because there's no smog to have to breath through so your body is overcome with oxygen? lol Well with that I bid everyone adieu. It is time for sleep.