The Brunei Bay is more than just a means for water transports to cross as you travel to its islands or to the Temburong District. It’s more than just the cool wind blowing past you as you zip across the river with a speedy speedboat. In fact, if you pay enough attention, you might lay your eyes on a few rare sights of the animal kingdom that enliven the bay.

Here are some of them:

#1 Irrawaddy Dolphins

Photo: Sutera/Amir Hazwan

If you’re lucky and you keep a sharp eye on the water, you might be able to spot a group of Irrawaddy dolphins along the Brunei Bay. Also known as the smiling dolphins, they are the only species of Southeast Asian dolphins with a rounded face instead of a long beak. Their skin ranges from grey to dark slate blue, making them challenging to spot. But keep an ear out for their whistles as it may help you pinpoint them better.

#2 Proboscis Monkey

Photo: Courtesy of Shavez, 1StopBorneo

Endemic to Borneo, the long-nosed, reddish-brown and pot-bellied proboscis monkey might decide to deign you with their presence. The trick of course, as with other mangrove inhabitants, is to be as quiet as possible as you journey through the bay. You may spot them on trees around the islands as you pass by or if you stop by any one of them.

But did you know that they are also good swimmers and divers?  

#3 Mangrove Cat Snakes

Photo: Sutera/Safwan Sulaiman

Slithering through the water along the mangrove roots, branches, and tree trunks, the mangrove cat-eyed snake makes its way along Selirong Island. Called the cat-eyed snake primarily due to their large eyes with narrow vertical slits just like a cat’s, it allows them to hunt better at night. More of a nocturnal creature, during daylight you might find them basking and lounging on overhanging tree branches. Although only mildly-venomous, you should still be careful if you encounter them.

#4 The Birds of Selirong

Photo: Sutera/Safwan Sulaiman

Selirong is also known as a bird-watching retreat. You can hear them chirping away but catching sight of them might require skill and patience. The egrets flying low over the water, storks perching on tips of branches, and white-collared kingfishers waiting on their prey are only a few of the colourful species of resident and migratory birds that can be found here. It might be difficult to spot them, but remember, patience is the key.

Have you encountered any of these curious creatures before? Share with us your experience or if you spotted more than those listed above, let us know!