Do you know that Malaysia is a majestic land that have thousands of beautiful island. Every island have their own uniqueness… and one of the best thing that can be found in Malaysia that we are proud of sharing with the world,is the fact that we have :
Giant clam is the largest sessile (attached to the ground) mollusk in the world. It can reach 4 feet in length.
Giant clam inhabits coral reefs and lagoons that provide enough sun light. Number of giant clams in the wild is drastically reduced due to over harvesting.
Malaysian Giant Clam:
There are only 8 type of giant clam has in the world. The best thing that you should know :
- We have 6 from 8 type of giant clam in Malaysia !!!
- This can attract tourist to explore and do some research about this special habitat.
- One of tourism product.
- Giant clams can survive more than 100 years in the wild
- We should conserve and ensure this species can stay alive forever.. for our ecosystem.
Listed below are some breathtakingly beautiful islands, that also happen to home some of the giant clams of Malaysia. .
1. Pulau Bohey Dulang, Semporna, Sabah
‘Bohey’ means water and ‘Dulang’ is means tray. This island can be imagined as ‘island on a tray of water’.
How to get there: By speed boat (30-45 minutes journey) .
The Giant Clams and Marine Invertebrate Hatchery is a unique establishment located in Bohey Dulang is one of the most visited islands in Sabah’s Tun Sakaran marine Park.
2. Pulau Aur Mersing, Johor
Are you aware of this beautiful island in Johor, or are you only familiar with Legoland and its Hello Kitty? Pulau Aur is located in Mersing district does own some wonderful treasure.
“Here, fresh air, no vehicles, no traffic jam”. This island is one of the place you should visit if you are looking for some quiet, quality me-time. Here, you can also try snorkeling, hiking, island trekking.
Giant Clam in Pulau Aur
Giant clam is unique invertebrate species. Pulau Aur is another ideal habitat for giant clam mainly because of good quality of water and ecosystem environment.
Types of Giant clam in Pulau Aur:
List of Giant Clam types:
I. Tridacna derasa (40cm)
ii. Tridacna squamosa (30cm)
iii. Tridacna maxima (20cm)
iv. Tridacna crocea (15cm)
v. Hipoppus porcelanus (40cm)
vi. Hipoppus hipoppus (30cm)
So…as ethical diver and tourist, we should concern to coral and ocean habitat.
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