Kijongo News

Chambered Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)

Posted by Karl on Fri February 24, 2023 in Kijongo Garden & Beach Life.

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.

Did you know that a nautilus is an ancient relation to an octopus? As creatures go, the chambered nautilus is one of the most bizarre. It is as if evolution had a sense of humour over time.

Long before dinosaurs were walking on earth, an ancestor of the nautilus was swimming in the ocean, called an Ammonite, over 500 million years ago. Nautilus fossils have been dated to more than 200 million years old.

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Greater Flamingos visit Kijongo

Posted by Karl on Fri January 20, 2023 in Kijongo Bay Bird Life.

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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Weaver ants

Posted by Karl on Tue December 27, 2022 in Kijongo Garden & Beach Life.

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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Posted by Karl on Tue November 8, 2022 in Kijongo Garden & Beach Life.

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 Diet

Posted by Karl on Tue October 4, 2022 in Kijongo Bay Bird Life.

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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