Vegetarian Restaurant with best tasting food yet sampled in this genre, located on corner opposite fruit market. Street to look for is near Confucius Temple, which is west of the MRT station, a point not mentioned in the photo above.
(see the name card for map). http://country-health.com.tw
Park opposite or adjacent Confucius Temple entrance is ideal for a take away lunch from the vegetarian place nearby. Note that it closes at 1pm, reopens later at 5pm for a couple of hours. There is a table and chairs, benches. Very beautiful place with artworks hundreds of years old.
Cherry blossoms are attracting many people to the gardens surrounding CKS Memorial Hall. Three varieties of cherry tree offer different shades on pink. I found them (with the kind help of staff) on the north and north-east side of the gardens.
Nearby are plum-tree blossoms which flower earlier and are almost finished.
Does the Grey Nurse shark visit Green Island or Orchid Island. Has anyone seen this species? Easily identified by the twin dorsal fins of almost equal size and the needle-shaped teeth.
A nocturnal feeding shark it rests by day in gutters, usually about 20-30 meters deep.
If the shark can be found regularly in Taiwan, a potential for scuba tourism with underwater photography could be encouraged.
These sharks are worth TENS of thousands more ALIVE – than as seafood.
This is The Solomon Islands where a gentle drift dive is possible at Uepi Island Resort.
We need to find something similar in Taiwan. Water depth less than 100 feet. Visibility greater than 100 feet of horizontal vision. Warm clear water.
Orchid Island probably has a good potential. Green Island possibly.
We know there is an east coast current running south. Offshore there is blue water. Perhaps to the north of Taiwan there are good conditions – that is good visibility before the fresh water flowing down the mountains clouds vision with silt.
International underwater photographers are now keen to see blue water marine species. Mako shark, giant tuna, dolphin.
Wealthy spear fishermen who seek big fish from blue and crystal clear ocean water. These guys are prepared to drift on the surface in bottomless conditions offshore, in the hope of encountering a giant fish.
In Australia we began our adventure diving with the help of professional fishermen who were prepared to take us offshore.
Perhaps the same can be achieved in Taiwan?
Professional fishing boats willing to take capable and world-class free divers in a search for underwater adventure with big fish.
These divers would pay toward the boat charter and give their fish away, possibly for free.
Blue water free dive fishing does no harm to the coastal ecology.
Scuba divers on the other hand need different conditions as per the above picture of mine. Pristine reef conditions are not going to be easy to find around the small island of Taiwan. Perhaps the outlaying islands offer something?
This is the tourism of the future for Taiwan. Eco scuba diving.
Situated between Cairns and Port Douglas is Ellis Beach, where I took this picture one morning at ebb tide. Does Taiwan have deadly jellyfish? Australia does. The box jellyfish commonly called The Sea Wasp (Chironex fleckeri) appears throughout northern Queensland during the summer months. It’s a bad one. Fortunately they stay close to the coast and are not normally found on the Great Barrier Reef.
Councils often have a container of vinegar on popular beaches ready for public use. Vinegar is the best, fast treatment as it destroys the live jellyfish tentacles which may be still clinging to a victim’s skin.
Some people swim in Lycra suits. A few councils have special enclosures as other protection.
Magazine pages from FATHOM No.1 an Australian marine magazine for divers.
Tip #1 – select a day when the sky is clear
Tip #2. Avoid the glass bottom version (every fourth cabin) if there is a long line waiting. The gondola is too high above the rain forest canopy to see anything worthwhile below.
Tip #3 If the view is exceptional, chances are the food isn’t. Near Maokong Station.
Tip #4 Go for a walk along ZhiNan Road. There’s a regular bus if you need a ride. Beautiful rain forest scenery far superior to anything available in the tropical north of Australia. Highly under-rated by locals I fear.
Tip #5 Sample some tea but don’t expect same value as McDonald’s.
Tip#6 It can be cool, have a jacket handy.
Testing Sony TX9 today.
The lioness performed nicely on movie mode by playing with her mate – who was too sleepy to respond. Fish is an Arowana in the Nocturnal exhibit. He’s been there for years and is my favorite.
No hippopotamus’ in the Sydney zoo to the best of my knowledge, I’m not sure about rhinoceros.
Taipei zoo is smaller and in many respects more visitor friendly than the Sydney zoo.
No queues today for the panda exhibit. Panda’s were separated and appeared more playful.
Lioness sees a foreigner with a camera!
Patented Japanese invention purifies fresh or sea water aquariums with the slow-release of a biological agent.
Lasts 12-18 months. Price about US$50 per block. Larger industrial versions for creeks, large tanks, available.
Inquiries to http://be-bio.com.tw Also http://big-bio.com
AquaPets magazine is published six times each year. NT $160 per copy. Pictured: Cherrie Chen Website: http://aqua-pets.com.tw
Mr Yu-Ho Lin (left) of JY LIN TRADING CO LTD
World breakthrough. With gene technology, seven years work in the laboratory and NT $10 million spent so far, fluorescent fish of various colors. Not yet permitted for sale – awaiting approval. jylin1236 (at) gmail.com
Plants, flowers with an aquarium below. Cost about US $15,000 including installation. Get’s my vote as best display of the show. The artist is Vic, pictured. http://gardenmall.com.tw
Taiwanese have not been keen swimmers or divers. A current study in the number of swimming pools in Japan and Taiwan shows a ratio difference of 188 to 9.6 in Taiwan, per 100,000 people.
The ratio of drownings for kids under age 14 per 100,000 is 0.6 and 1.8 between Japan and Taiwan.
It’s a pity that Taiwanese have been missing out on enjoying the beauties and adventure of the real underwater world, (not just in fish tanks) which is hopefully, soon to change.
John Harding as interviewed for Chinese language TV show – New York and Taipei. Praise for the quality of exhibits “some are better than what we see underwater – within reason”.
Do you believe there is a shortage of sharks in the sea. What about Blue fin tuna? Is there is shortage of tuna? Is it cruel to boil a lobster alive? Who stands to make a profit from the shark fin soup and associated cruelty story? The truth would be – nobody knows how many sharks are in the ocean.
Deep sea professional fishermen complain and say they are seeing far more sharks than similar sized fish.
Has in lack of large fishes tipped in favor of the shark now being more plentiful?
Many countries require whole sharks to be landed before any fins are removed.
The live shark minus fins news story has been stopped in its tracks – but what next to generate stories and interest?
The cruelty of boiling prawns and lobsters alive is a good one – but who would bother listening?
Maybe land animals for food could be given more attention?
Imitation crab was probably once called shark
Opposition to shark protection suggested plan.
Many of the arguments used by China, Japan, Russia and several North African countries to oppose the measure were expected to be recycled by delegates later this week when proposals to tightening regulations on the shark trade are considered.
China and Russia argued that shark populations aren’t suffering. Japan insisted that current measures in place are more than adequate. Developing countries like Libya and Morocco complained that any effort to protect sharks would damage the economies of poor fishing nations and burden them with expensive enforcement requirements.
The Chinese delegation said there was no scientific evidence that the shark’s survival is threatened and CITES was not the right forum to handle the issue. The Chinese would prefer to leave regulation to existing tools like the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and regional bodies which conservationists argue have failed to crackdown on illegal fishing and even uphold their own modest quotas. (Courtesy: Associated Press)
A pair of friendly guys from the southern city Kaohsiung are in town with their collection of marine shells.
There were helmet and Triton shells that have taken a month to engrave.
The giant clam with gold inlaid will set you back about AUD $2250