Pulau Jukung

Arrived last night after dinner. Of course, I forgot my camera in Jakarta. With luck it will arrive sometime next week. In the meantime, a cursory inventory of my surroundings, equal parts Willy Wonka’s Ichthyoid Factory and Jurassic Park, complete with:

An archipelagic current that baffles motorboats and dislodges anchors. Stories of a pristine coral reef just offshore. Biawak  prowling the sewers and fighting underneath our bungalows. Constant sorting and re-sorting of barramundi to discourage cannibalism. A simple, elegant food chain from algae to fish. And a healthy helping of hermaphroditism.

I’m still getting my bearings. More, much more, to come.


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