Walvis-bay

Sixgill Hagfish (Eptatretus hexatrema)

…also sometimes known as the Snotslang, the sixgill hagfish is a species of hagfish (a group of jawless fish) that is native to the South Atlantic and southwestern Indian Oceans. In the south Atlantic it is known only from Walvis Bay, Namibia to Durban, South Africa. Like other hagfish, E. hexatrema is a scavenger, burrowing in the muddy bottoms emerging to feed on dead/disabled fish and the occasional invertebrate. It also has the capability to secrete slime when provoked, a trait seen in most hagfish. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Myxini-Myxiniformes-Myxinidae-Eptatretus-E. hexatrema

Image: Peter Southwood

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Salt Fields of Walvis Bay, Namibia, Africa

In addition to passing over Namibia’s Rossing Uranium’s open pit and some abandoned mining camps, from the ground we saw the  Salt Fields of Walvis Bay. According to the Chamber of Mines website, it was established in 1964 and is one of the largest solar evaporation facilities in Africa, processing 24 million tons of sea water to producemore than 650 000 tons of salt each year. Sounds like a lot of salt.