Wild Gaya Island

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Gaya Island is big. If you walk inside its forest, you would not believe that you are on an island.

Gaya Island

Below are photos of what I saw along the jungle trail there. The cup fungi is so cute. I am quite curious what function its hair has.

Cup fungi

You can find many snails on the forest floor. They seems to be more sensitive than normal garden snails, probably they smell the insect repellent on my skin. It is so warm and humid in the forest. No wonder people call it rainforest, I sweat like rain.

Snail

Snail

Mangrove forest near the beach area, with some rubbish trapped between their root.

Mangrove forest

This hermit crab as big as my fist. When I held its shell, it slipped its body out of its shell
and ran away nakedly.

Hermit crab

Very often you will hear red skink lizard running on the dry leaves when you approach. They are not only commonly found here, you can see many of them in inland forest too. They have beautiful red skin.

Red Skink

There were about a dozen of bats roosted under a big rock. They kept an eye (or an ear?) on me. The photo below shows them in an alert and ready-to-fly-away mode.

Bats

The ranger at Padang Point showed me an antique they dug out from the ground during site construction. It looks like an old machine left behind by British and its function is unclear. Do you know there is another “Gaya Island” in Semporna? Note its mountain looks like the face of an old man.

Gaya Island

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Photos taken in Gaya Island, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo