Monkey Beach is a small bay on the western side of Great Keppel Island. It has a fringing reef that attracts day visitors from Yeppoon, along with us yachties who want a quick snorkel. In recent years this reef has looked a bit sad with algae growth, slime, discolouration and some weather damage to the coral. The fish life however, has always been a treat. But on this visit I felt it was looking a tad healthier, and like always, there’s plenty of fish activity.
But it’s the colourful clams that really caught my eye this time. Clams spend their entire life in the one place so I’ve seen them before but maybe with the morning low tide I saw them in a different light. There was such a variety of rich velvety colours and intricate patterns. Colours created by a contrast between algae inside the clam and the clam’s natural colour. Vibrancy is an indicator of clam health so I’m sure these clams I photographed are very healthy.
These clams are known as “giant clams” and can live for 100 years. As I mentioned earlier, they live in the one spot forever … so they don’t move … so they are a treat to photograph!
Here’s a few more …
We have only spent a few days around GKI enjoying some calm sunny weather and the company of other boats. We’ve also had to drop by the Keppel Bay Marina for a sail repair. Our screecher’s eye at the top of the sail failed and as a result the sail slid down the bolt rope. Fortunately, we managed to furl it in the light winds. But, hmmm, we need to fix it. The one and only sail maker here in Yeppoon can’t look at it for 2 weeks so after talking to our preferred sail maker in the Gold Coast, we decided to send it back to Mike at Gold Coast Sails, who always looks after us. Once repaired, he will courier to where we are (maybe Airlie Beach).
We are amongst a very big group of yachts here at GKI so with the winds turning south tomorrow, there’s going to be a huge fleet heading north to the Whitsundays. There should be some fun out there as “when there’s two boats” … the race is on!