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  1. What is atap-chee? Is there a spelling mistake here?
    Atap-chee is the flesh from the young seeds of the mangrove plant Nypa fruticans. It is usually soaked in sugar syrup and serves in local dessert such as ice-kacang.
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  1. What is an aerie? Is it a special kind of air?
    Aerie or eyrie means a nest of a bird of prey built high up above ground.
    The 18-m tall tower hide is so called as it offers panoramic view of the wetland reserve.
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  1. A Cross Spider? Does that mean the spider is very angry?
    Like all spiders, the Cross Spiders have 8 legs. They however hold their legs in pairs, which appear to form the letter “X”. Hence their name.
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  1. What did people use to wrap food before the invention of Styrofoam?
    In the 1970s, the leaves of the Simpoh Ayer were used to wrap local food such as mee goreng (fried noodles) and rojak (fruit and vegetables salad mixed with peanut sauce).
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  1. A Drill in the mangroves? What’s that?
    Just like the drill you use to make holes on the walls, the Drill, Chicoreus capucinus makes holes on other shellfish to extract its meat as a meal! It uses a boring organ that produces carbonic acid under its foot. The whole, tedious process takes several hours!
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  1. Water Banana? You mean to say there’s banana growing in water?
    Water banana, Ludwigia adscendens is a plant that grows in freshwater pond. It has two types of roots, one that look like floating tiny bananas and the other that anchor the plant to the soil.
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  1. Hide? Hiding from whom?
    Observation hides in the reserve are for the reserve’s human visitors to rest and observe the surrounding flora and fauna away from the sight of the reserve’s resident and migratory animals and birds.
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  1. What’s that shrill noise you hear in the mangroves?
    A brown insect called Cicada makes the shrill sound. It calls by vibrating a membrane located on its abdomen.
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