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    《TAIPEI TIMES》 Two sites on Keelung coast seek designation

    A seal-shaped rock off Keelung’s Badouzi is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Lu Heien-hsiu, Taipei Times

    A seal-shaped rock off Keelung’s Badouzi is pictured in an undated photograph. Photo: Lu Heien-hsiu, Taipei Times

    2022/07/02 03:00

    By Lu Heien-hsiu and Liu Tzu-hsuan / Staff reporter, with staff writer

    The Keelung City Government is reviewing “natural landscape” and “natural monument” designation applications filed on behalf of Heping Island Park (和平島公園) and a “seal-shaped rock” off Badouzi (八斗子), the Keelung Department of Economic Affairs said.

    The respective applications were filed by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area Administration and the Wild Bird Society of Keelung, seeking to have the areas listed in the two categories defined in the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法).

    Weathering and coastal erosion have created a unique landscape at the coast of Heping Island and along the Badouzi coast, including pedestal rocks that resemble mushrooms or chessboards, as well as wave-cut platforms, the groups said.

    Scenic area administration director Chen Mei-hsiu (陳美秀) said the characteristic rocks in the park are part of the Talio formation that also dominates New Taipei City’s Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園).

    The New Taipei City Government has designated Yehliu a natural landscape, as part of its efforts to promote international tourism, she said.

    The rock on Badouzi’s Daping Shore (大坪海岸), which resembles a resting seal and only appears at low tide, has become a popular local tourist attraction.

    However, the Wild Bird Society said that the increase in visitor numbers has led to more garbage being disposed along the shore.

    Some visitors sit on the rock while having their pictures taken, potentially damaging it, the group said.

    Local residents have said they hope the rock becomes a designated natural monument and that the city government promotes awareness about the site.

    Department of Economic Affairs Director Huang Chien-feng (黃健峰) said that the city government recently held a meeting in which the applicants explained their submissions and is planning to form an application review committee.

    Keelung is seeking to gather opinions from all sectors involved in potential designations, Huang said.

    Keelung City councilors Chang Hao-han (張顥瀚) and Sean Chang (張淵翔) said the designations would enable the city to market the sites as international tourist destinations.

    In other news, the Keelung-based National Museum of Marine Science and Technology’s underwater cameras on Monday filmed a giant barrel sponge spawning in Chaojing Bay (潮境海灣).

    Museum official Chen Li-shu (陳麗淑) said that giant barrel sponges are the biggest such animals living in the waters near Taiwan, most of which have been spotted off northern Taiwan and Penghu County.

    They usually spawn from late spring to the summer solstice and prefer water temperatures of 26°C to 27°C, she said, adding that the museum’s volunteer divers found 20 to 25 sponges spawning, or about 30 percent of all the sponges in the area.

    Giant barrel sponges provide shelter for fish and coral recovering from typhoon damage, she said, citing research conducted by Huang Yu-sheng (黃俞升), a Penghu-based marine biology expert.

    Museum curator Chen Su-fen (陳素芬) asked the public to treat the precious, immobile animals with care so that more juvenile sponges can grow in the area.

    新聞來源:TAIPEI TIMES

    Keelung’s Heping Island Park is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Lu Heien-hsiu, Taipei Times

    Keelung’s Heping Island Park is pictured in an undated photograph. Photo: Lu Heien-hsiu, Taipei Times

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