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29 April 2009 @ 10:27 pm

#1 If something bites/stings/claws/stabs or otherwise maims you and you're still alive in 15 minutes, you're going to be fine.
#2 Do not approach large bodies of water - no matter how tempting.
#3 Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it won't eat you.
#4 It's all true.
#5 Carry a large stick.
#6 Don't bother running.
#7 The North East Coast is NOT a holiday destination - it is Survival of the Fittest in action.
#8 Aeroguard won't protect you from mosquitos the size of airliners.
#9 Your house is not a safe zone.

norgco: pic#69772748norgco on April 30th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
It's not that bad
Look. Dudes and Dudettes.

The poisonous jellyfish have only killed two people in the last century. One was using it as the volleyball in a beach volleyball game, the other had it draped over his arm while flicking it on the head with a finger because he wanted to show people the blue rings they only show when they are about to kill you. Yes, he knew it was a "stop or I WILL kill you!" warning and kept doing it anyway. Moron.

The croc's get someone every year or so but that's from ignoring the big signs with someone being eaten by a crocodile on them. Don't swim anywhere they have those posted and it's cool.

Feral pigs. Biggest killer on the continent, kill more people than sharks, snakes, poisonous octopi, poisonous spiders, and cassowaries (like and Ostrich, but insanely homicidal) put together. You will never see one anywhere tourists normally go. If you do, either run REALLY fast or have a light anti-tank weapon handy, because nothing short of that will stop one reliably from head on.

The poisonous spiders mainly have red backs, and hide under rocks, bark etc. Don't go flipping over things and, like most of these creatures, DON'T PISS THEM OFF DELIBERATELY! We lose more tourists that way...

Don't think of it as danger, think of it as evolution in action.
ellymelly: oops bug crashellymelly on April 30th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
Re: It's not that bad

australia's like evolution's little 'in-joke'.

inside of one month, (without trying) i came into close quarters with 4 of the deadliest snakes in the world, 3 incredibly angry and poisonous spiders, a wild bore pretending to be a steer, territorial magpies, seriously peeved orcas, a shark and a fleet of blue-bottles. oh, and a hyperschitzo chocolate wattle bat - inside the house. lol and a large - but non-dangerous tree snake. under my feet. at the computer.
norgconorgco on April 30th, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
Re: It's not that bad
So, it was a quiet month then.

Sounds a little boring but some people prefer it that way.

On the other hand zoologists explain that the Koala's survival strategy is "Sleep a lot and don't waste energy on a big brain."

Other countries get animal atheletes. We get Homer Simpson when it's not Hannibal Lecter.
ellymellyellymelly on April 30th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
Re: It's not that bad
True. Mind you, can't blame the Koala's when life on the ground is so vicious.

I think the creature I hate most is the monitor lizard. seriously, we had one determined to clamber over the back fence with its huge claws and curved teeth and - well basically it just looked like a dinosaur coming in for the kill LOL probably best not to tell the tourists about them.

and lol - thank you for reminding me about the cassowaries - at least i don't have those! i don't think... better check.

norgconorgco on April 30th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
Re: It's not that bad
How does the quote go:

"If you consider the wild life, it's not surprising Australia is lightly populated. What is surprising is that it is populated at all."
ellymellyellymelly on April 30th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
Re: It's not that bad
where's that from? i'm sure i saw that heading a chapter in Tim Lowe's 'The New Nature'. :D
norgconorgco on April 30th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)
Re: It's not that bad
Not sure where it's from, just a quote someone I know uses.