Mudskipper from the mangroves

There are millions of amphibious mudskippers in the thousands of Mangrove Forests along the vast remote Kimberley coast in northwest Australia.

The long term locals in Broome call them...

...Buggle Buggle...

The giant tides of the Kimberley of up to 10 meters means there is an abundance of mudflats and mangrove forest floors that for part of the day are underwater and then dry.

This is the world these cute little characters are adapted so well to live in. They can live survive under the water, and in the air - provided they can maintain some moisture in their system.

They actually don't have lungs that allow them to breathe in air, rather they absorb oxygen through their skin and maintain water in their gill chambers when they are out of the water.

There are normally two tide cycles each day - so their muddy world maintains enough water to support millions of them on the Kimberley coast.

They are called mudskippers because they can propel themselves really really fast, using their two front fins. they also use these fins to do a kind of walking motion for slower movement.

...Buggle Buggle are also great dancers.


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