Nanginhas sa Oslob: The Amazing Mudflats of Oslob

At four pm today, the water started to go down and the seaweeds that cover the deeper parts of the beach started to become visible. Mom decided to head out to the hunasan  (mudflats) to see if she could find some lukot. I decided to tag along and boy, was I thankful! It was an amazing experience. I’d definitely do it again!

The beautiful residents of the Oslobanon seas



A lot starfish just a couple of steps from the seawall.

Right after we went down to the beach, other out-of-towners came in hordes to see what the fuzz was all about. When the beach was completely dry, there were probably more than a hundred people scouring the beach with us.

The beach 4:30 pm

The beach 15 minutes later

The beach at 5:00 pm

5:30 pm

View of the beach and the mountains of Oslob

I’m guessing this is the excess sand that gets squirted out by whatever animal decides to bury itself in the sand.

A group of starfish (a different species) settling in the grass-less part of the beach.

A sea cucumber or a ‘balat’ in action.

This dude is called a donsol. Donsols are one of those creatures that drive away predators by squirting out dark-colored ink. Donsols produce the lukot that we were looking for.

Finally, after almost an hour on the beach, Mom found some lukot.

Dad found this strange-looking shelled-dude. I think it’s a hermit crab.

One of the tentacles of a really strange creature.

The famous tuyom or sea urchin. It has orange and blue eyes.

It’s not clear but those 6 brown things in the water are actually very small sea horses. Wow! They’re really awesome!

This dude is a kind of sea cucumber locally called bat hanginan. When it gets exposed to air, it ejects a white sticky substance.

You have to be careful, now! Some areas are just tuyom territory.

A species of tuyom with not-so-sharp needles.

I actually found a real clam! How cool!

This jellyfish was stuck on a huge rock. Poor thing.