Well today’s pic comes from Malaysia’s spectacular Perhentian Islands again and is actually the inside of a giant clam! You can make out the crinkled edge of the shell which was open to reveal the incredible interior. There were thousands of these things – up to 1m long – perched on various rocks and coral outcrops and I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say no two are ever alike with an amazing range of colours and patterns!
Reefs around the Perhentians are still in surprisingly good condition so let’s hope they stay that way! A couple of very simple means of helping to keep the reefs healthy are 1. don’t touch or stand on anything! Fairly obvious, but how many times do you see snorkellers standing on a lump of coral in order to empty their masks? Problem is lots of inexperienced snorkellers can’t actually tell certain corals from rocks so if you’ve got problems with your mask or snorkel then swim to a shallow, sandy patch where you can stand up or head back to your boat’s ladder if you’re in deeper water. #2 is not quite so obvious but the products in your sun cream can be harmful to coral organisms, so to avoid getting burnt whilst in the water, it’s better to cover up rather than plaster yourself with suncream! Try snorkelling with a t-shirt and say Thai fisherman’s pants? You might not look so sexy but the fish don’t care and it’s much better for the reef!