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Surfing With Sharks in Australia

Yup, I did that…It all seems a little surreal today as I think back, but I did it. In fact, if you’re surfing anywhere, you’re likely to be surfing with these heavily teethed fish… I felt very secure where we were – inside a coral reef by Lancelin Island in Western Australia. The friends I was with surfing had been coming to this very beach year in and year out from their youth. I was learning how to boogie-board (sometimes called body boarding) and progressing up to a surfboard. We never saw anything suspicious – in fact, we never even saw dolphins there. We surfed at [ ... ]

Whale Sharks in Australia

What do I know about sharks? Well, I know a little bit about sharks. I’ve swam with them, I’ve seen them, and I’ve surfed with them. Yeah, I know them a little bit! I traveled around Australia back in 1995 for a few months backpacking my way through the center of Aussie, hitting the Northern Territory and going West back down the coast all the way back to Perth, Western Australia. On my journey, I stopped in Exmouth, Western Australia where I had the amazing opportunity to swim with whale sharks out past the reef. A helicopter would relay the coordinates of the whale sharks [ ... ]

My First Shark Sighting – Whitetip Reef Sharks

Well, the day before we went whale shark swimming in Exmouth, Australia, I took a tour where we snorkeled off of the coast of Exmouth’s pure, white sand beaches. I was a little nervous about the sharks and asked the “local girl” that came with us if it was pretty safe. She said that the only sharks you’d see would be white-tipped reef sharks and they don’t bug you unless you provoke them, but that we probably wouldn’t even see any of them where we were. So, I got up the courage to get out there, since I had to be ready [ ... ]

A Box Jellyfish for a Pet?

My hubby and I watched the movie Seven Pounds with Will Smith a few nights ago, which was fabulous, I might add! In the movie, the main character has a box jellyfish as an exotic pet in a large cylindrical tank! What an amazing creature, which just happens to have the most deadly venom in the animal kingdom! In fact, there have been 5,568 human fatalities due to the box jellyfish recorded since 1954. Extreme care and caution needs to be taken when caring for a pet of this danger level. Also, you cannot store the jellyfish with any other creature in the tank, as [ ... ]

Swooping Magpies in Australia

I’ve never been so scared of a bird before… In fact, I’ve never been scared of a bird before this! When I lived in Western Australia, I was there to play softball. So, I jogged in the mornings each day. The very first morning I went out through our neighborhood alone, I was shocked to see the amazing wildlife, parrots everywhere covering trees, a kangaroo or two, some kookaburras, some lizards and lots of flies! LOL… …But there were these large birds called magpies, or “maggies” as their nicknamed there. They are large like a big seagulls with pointy beaks, but are black and white [ ... ]

Cassowary of the Great Barrier Reef

A Cassowary is a flightless Australian bird, and is native to the tropical forests of New Guinea. It’s funny because Australia has another flightless bird, the emu, making it and the cassowary the 2nd and 3rd largest flightless birds in the world, behind Africa’s ostrich. Females are larger than males and are more vividly colored, and may reach up to 2 meters tall! That’s a big bird! Known to be a timid bird, it can inflict serious injury to human adults, and fatal injury to dogs and children. They have 3 toes and extremely sharp talons/claws. Check out this great, but short, video showing [ ... ]

Potato Cod on the Great Barrier Reef

As you saw in the last post’s video, there were some really amazing cod fish shown. So, I figured I would show you a little bit more about them. As you could guess, they are regular inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef. They can actually reach a length of 2 meters – that’s about as big as a reef shark, but it’s so much heavier and more bulky too! Wasn’t that awesome? I would love to do this one day…They are real gentle Yup, that's right! I have always wanted to start an animal refuge of my own...If you would like to help [ ... ]

Whitetip Reef Sharks on the Great Barrier Reef

The very first shark I ever saw in the ocean was a Whitetip Reef Shark! Not only that, it was the very first time I had ever snorkeled either…I went under the water for the first dip and there was a shark! It was probably about 5 feet long! Sure…It brought me right back up to the surface and ready to head back to shore, but our guide told me they’re harmless, unless you really mess around with them and bother them, which I was not even about to attempt. This wasn’t on the Great Barrier Reef, but on the Ningaloo Reef on [ ... ]

Hawksbill Turtles are Regulars on the Great Barrier Reef

Hawksbill Turtles are regulars on the Great Barrier Reef, as they prefer shallow water or lagoons. The Hawksbill is a Critically Endangered Animal! They are easily distinguishable by their sharply curved beak, which resembles like a hawk’s bill. They glide through the water with effortless ease. Check out this great video of a Hawksbill Turtle on the Great Barrier Reef: Their preferred food source are sea sponges, which makes them unique in that they are one of the few animals with the ability to Yup, that's right! I have always wanted to start an animal refuge of my own...If you would like to [ ... ]

Saltwater Crocodiles on the Great Barrier Reef?

Northern Australia has the largest population of “Salties” in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is no exception, although you may be shocked to see one swimming in the ocean…Well, that’s why they’re called saltwater crocodiles. Plus, there’s plenty of food out there for them. In fact, according to WWF, it has unique habitats and breeding sites for the saltwater crocodile. I found this short video showing a saltwater crocodile that caught a large turtle on the shores of an island in the Great Barrier Reef: I’ve been to the Northern Territory of Australia and I can truly vouch for the large number of Yup, [ ... ]