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Nautilus shell found at Sange Beach, Pangani, Tanzania
Chambered Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)

We had an unusual find on Sange Beach, as we found not one, but 2 chambered nautilus shells, over the past 18 months. Unusual enough that when asked, the local fishermen, had no idea on what they were and had never seen one before. This caused quite a stir among the local fisherman, as to what this strange shell was, and intrigue for us, so we looked for more information about them....

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Greater flamingoes flying over Kijongo Bay Resort, Pangani, Tanzania
Greater Flamingos visit Kijongo

We had an unusual surprise one morning, right in front of Kigongo Bay Resort, a flock of greater flamingos, floating on the calm surface of the ocean. A quick rub of the eyes and yes, they were still there. Around 40 of these large bright pink birds were forming a raft in the bay.

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Oecophylla longinoda - Weaver ant's nest at Kijongo Bay Resort
Weaver ants

As you walk around the gardens at Kijongo Bay Resort, you may be fortunate enough to see some strange nests amongst the leaves, these nests are made by weaver ants. We were quite intrigued by these nests, and so did some research and found them to be very interesting, and thought we would share this info with you.

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Pentaceraster tuberclatus, a Tubarcle Starfish found in front of Kijongo Bay Resort, Pangani, Tanzania

Beachcombing in front of Kijongo Bay Resort, you never know what you might find. We came across quite a few brightly coloured starfish, and wanted to know more about these strange creatures, which we thought we would share with you.

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Sunbird at Kijongo Beach Resort eating a spider
Sunbird Diet

Did you know that sunbirds are omnivorous? A sunbirds' diet is made up primarily of nectar, around 95%. They will, however, sometimes eat fruit and arthropods (insects and spiders). Sunbirds need to feed almost continually during the day to meet their high metabolic needs..

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Sunbird drinking nectar
Pollinators at Kijongo

Pollen is how plants reproduce, as pollinators move from flower to flower, they deposit the collected pollen from flower to flower, basically allowing the plants to mate.

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