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Raffia Palm and Palmnut Vulture

Date posted: 2012-06-13

Raphia or Raffia they remain impressive.

The Raffia palms (Raphia) are a genus of twenty species of palms native to tropical regions of Africa, especially Madagascar, with one species (R. taedigera) also occurring in Central and South America. They grow up to 16 m tall and are remarkable for their compound pinnate leaves, the longest in the plant kingdom; leaves of R. regalis up to 25.11 m long[1] and 3 m wide are known. The plants are either monocarpic, flowering once and then dying after the seeds are mature, or hapaxanthic, with individual stems dying after fruiting but the root system remaining alive and sending up new stems.


Leatherback Turtle Facts

Date posted: 2012-05-23

* The leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, is the largest turtle and fourth largest reptile.

* Leatherback turtles inhabit the deep waters of the world\'s oceans. They migrate between cold waters and tropical seas every 1 to 3 years.

* Male leatherbacks never leave the water. Female leatherbacks come ashore to lay eggs and nest. They lay clutches of roughly 100 eggs on warm, sandy beaches but don\'t nest continuously. Female leatherbacks nest once every 8 to 15 days.

* The leatherback turtle has a round, flat body and two pairs of flippers like all sea turtles. The leatherback is the only sea turtle not to have a shell. Instead of a hard bony plate, the leatherback has rubbery skin.

* Adults leatherbacks weigh 700 kg (1540 pounds) and measure 2 m (6.5 feet) in length. The largest leatherback ever recorded weighed 918 kg (2020 pounds) and measured 2.6 m (8.5 feet).

* Leatherback turtles feed on jellyfish and are a natural control for the jellyfish population.

* The leatherback is an endangered species and it is the last surviving member of the Dermochelys species.

Kosi Bay Aerial Shot of Fish Kraals

Date posted: 2011-02-16

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