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Tanjung Piai National Park, Tanjung Piai, 82300 Kukup, Johor, Malaysia – part 3 of 4

By on May 9, 2015 in Malaysia

Tanjung Piai National Park is located near Kukup, Johor, Malaysia and is a mangrove swamp nature reserve that also has the most southerly point in mainland Asia.

The photograph below shows the most southerly point, along with the collapsed walkway (the dip just before the platform).

Tanjung Piai National Park

Most southerly point – Tanjung Piai National Park

Looking back towards the swamp from Fisherman's Jetty - Tanjung Piai National Park

Looking back towards the swamp from Fisherman’s Jetty – Tanjung Piai National Park

Tanjung Piai National Park

Something has been in the mud

One thing the mangrove swamp does highlight is just how polluted the seas have become because they act as a giant trap for any rubbish that floats in on the tide.

Pollution at Tanjung Piai National Park - this material has been washed in by the sea and trapped by the Mangrove swamp

Pollution at Tanjung Piai National Park – this material has been washed in by the sea and trapped by the Mangrove swamp

Below is a photograph of a Mangrove Skink (Emoia atrocostata).

Mangrove Skink (Emoia atrocostata) - Tanjung Piai National Park

Mangrove Skink (Emoia atrocostata) – Tanjung Piai National Park

A Malayan Water Monitor; Varanus salvator, foraging for food in the mud.

Monitor Lizard - Tanjung Piai National Park

Monitor Lizard – Tanjung Piai National Park

Monitor Lizard - Tanjung Piai National Park

Monitor Lizard – Tanjung Piai National Park

In the Tanjung Piai National Park it is worth spending some time looking at the mud of the swamp as it is full of life with lots of crabs (e.g. Fiddler Crabs, and Tree Climbing Crabs, Episesarma spp), and shellfish such as Berongan (Telescopium telescopium).

Tanjung Piai National Park

The small holes and balls of sand in the photo below are made by crabs. On previous visits to the park I saw no sign of this activity as there wasn’t any sand…

Tanjung Piai National Park

Fidler crabs – beautiful colours and one ridiculously over-sized claw.

Fiddler Crab - Tanjung Piai National Park

Fiddler Crab – Tanjung Piai National Park

Fiddler Crab - Tanjung Piai National Park

Fiddler Crab – Tanjung Piai National Park

The photograph below is of, I believe, a Tree Climbing Crab, Episesarma spp. These tend to be much larger than the Fiddler Crabs and not so brightly coloured. However, they are still magnificent looking creatures.

Tree Climbing Crabs, Episesarma spp - Tanjung Piai National Park

Tree Climbing Crabs, Episesarma spp – Tanjung Piai National Park

Tanjung Piai National Park is full of life, but sometimes you just have to stop and stare at the mud to spot it.

FourSquare: Tanjung Piai National Park

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