Mangrove Crabs New Caledonia Baie du Prony
New Caledonia

Huge mangrove crabs, Sylla serrata, reaching over 25-cm in shell width, live in the mud below the long roots of the mangroves at the mouth of the Riviere des Kaoris in Prony, New Caledonia.

This is one of the few areas in the world where the water in a mangrove estuary is clear - but colored slightly by the tannins from the mangroves.

Mangroves are vital components of the lagoon ecosystem, acting as a nursery for many important species of fish and invertebrates and as a filter/barrier that traps sediment and prevents it from polluting the lagoon, while also protecting the land from erosion.

For information on the anchorages of New Caledonia visit the cruising guide to New Caledonia

Copyright: Richard chesher
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 7928x3964
Uploaded: 13/09/2009
Updated: 23/05/2014


Tags: mangrove crabs; mangroves new caledonia; lagoon new caledonia; anchorages new caledonia
comments powered by Disqus

Richard Chesher
Ruins Prony New Caledonia
Richard Chesher
Cascade de la Riviere du Kaoris, Prony New Caledonia
Richard Chesher
Superyachts in New Caledonia - MV Tango
Richard Chesher
Helicopter Lagoon Excursion New Caledonia
Richard Chesher
Kaori River Tree
Richard Chesher
Anchorage New Caledonia Carenage
Richard Chesher
Waterfall New Caledonia Pepite Rivier Prony
Richard Chesher
Pepites Water Falls New Caledonia
Richard Chesher
Pepite River Prony New Caledonia
Richard Chesher
Mangroves New Caledonia
Richard Chesher
Waterfall New Caledonia Pepite River middle
Richard Chesher
Waterfall New Caledonia Pepite River Pool
Ned Chiariello
Milwaukee Art Museum
You Changyeol
DDP Grass Hill
Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin
Fountain at Sultan Ahmet Parki, Istanbul
Michał Nyklewicz
Milky Way over Ross Castle
Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin
Seven Hills
Ursula & David Molenda
Tirta Gangga water palace
jacky cheng
Chengdu - the eastern outskirts of the memory-DCIM-2-1-2014
Dali Red Dragon Well Pedestrian Street Central Square
Nikolay Isaev
samui road
Igor Adamec
Ozalj Castle - 5
Anton Tsarkov
Parter Nijegorodskogo teatra dramy
Günther Roth
Rua de Santa Maria Funchal 2
Richard Chesher
La Promenade Hotel Anse Vata New Caledonia
Richard Chesher
Old Refuge swimming hole
Richard Chesher
Pede Beach Mare Loyalty Islands
Richard Chesher
Coral Reef Garden New Caledonia Mbe
Richard Chesher
Areal Lagoon Isle Mbe Kouen
Richard Chesher
Ouvea Festival Dancers
Richard Chesher
Le Lagon Resort Vanuatu Swimming Pool
Richard Chesher
Lifou Missionary Arrival
Richard Chesher
Australia Cave Adventure Jenolan Orient Egyptian Chamber
Richard Chesher
Evening Pool La Promenade Hotel Noumea
Richard Chesher
Jenolan Cave Australia Orient Main Chamber
Richard Chesher
Ouvea Island Tour Nemik Shark Nursery
More About New Caledonia

New Caledonia is the closest South Pacific Island to Australia and New Zealand. It is a French Territory and although the official language is French the culture is a blend of Melanesian, European, Polynesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, and more. There is one large mountainous island called Grande Terre and 6 smaller islands - the three Loyalty Islands, Belep and the Isle of Pines.The islands are remarkably unpopulated and there are vast areas of wilderness. There are hundreds of kilometers of walking treks, camp grounds, more than 42 parks and reserves, and crystal clear rivers with sparkling waterfalls. Almost one third of the population is located in the capital city of Noumea. Nickel mining is the primary industry and is the major contributor to the high standard of living in the country. Grande Terre is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world and the protected lagoon created by this barrier reef is the largest in the world. Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008, the lagoon is 24,000 square kilometers and supports a diverse and luxuriant fauna of fish and invertebrates.The vibrant, clear and rich colors are one of the first things that visitors notice when they arrive. Noumea has a complete range of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and activities to welcome visitors.