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ScottWoz
post Jul 24 2006, 08:01 PM
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Along with it's vast natural beauty and sheer diversity, Australia is also very well known for housing many of the worlds deadliest species; from spiders and snakes to salties, blueys and man-eating sharks.

There have been many reported incidents, some with disastrous results. unsure.gif

Anyone out there ever been struck? Come close? Got away with it? Know somebody else who has? What happened?

Share your stories here!


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post Jul 25 2006, 01:58 AM
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I have an agreement with sharks, bluey's & salties..... I don't swim in their ocean & they don't swim in my bathtub!! Nah... that's not true - I used to wear pantyhose when I went swimming with the giant turtles off magnetic island in the mid 80's (OMG how old am !!!! LOL)

Seriously, the best advice you can get is to BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS - regardless of whether they are familiar or foreign. Use common sense, ask a local
If you're in the bush or a friends backyard - don't take anything for granted and as they say, if in doubt - get it checked out.

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post Jul 27 2006, 04:02 AM
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hyper.gif no way i would never enter the water here in SA and certainly not any where else, although oz has the best surfing spots its way too scary..... i remember in the paper a couple of months ago now a woman was swimming 100 m off shore and got ripped apart by not 1 but 2 sharks and that for me is a dead sign to stay away, u know how they say that it is more likely to bet hit by a car then get eaten by a shark but not is SA they are everywhere - all ill be doing this summer is sun baking!!!

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post Jul 27 2006, 09:01 AM
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Thanks for the tip Ness. I was kinda building up my confidence but er, I think I'll stay on the beach now... unsure.gif

2 sharks? 100 metres!??


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post Jul 27 2006, 11:14 AM
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Well....I had a very different experience.

Shark Meeting

but then again...I think we are screwing things up with things like this:

Shark Training


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post Jul 27 2006, 11:22 AM
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Excellent stories (you must have been petrified!)

Oh and er 'Shark Meeting' - I think you may have stumbled across one of next months nominations... cool.png


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post Jul 27 2006, 11:57 AM
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QUOTE(ScottWoz @ Jul 27 2006, 10:22 AM) *

Excellent stories (you must have been petrified!)

Oh and er 'Shark Meeting' - I think you may have stumbled across one of next months nominations... cool.png



blush.gif Awww shucks...


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post Jul 27 2006, 12:52 PM
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...I read somewhere that those unfortunate enough to get stung by a box-jellyfish begin to scream with a dreadful 'inhuman' sound.. unsure.gif


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QUOTE(ScottWoz @ Jul 27 2006, 11:52 AM) *

...I read somewhere that those unfortunate enough to get stung by a box-jellyfish begin to scream with a dreadful 'inhuman' sound.. unsure.gif


Well, jellyfish, DO YOUR BEST! Nothing will ever scare me from exploring the amazing w'underworld in the depths of the sea...as I see it, it's worth the risk. When I scuba dive, it's like I am entering a different dimension of reality...curious? You should be wink.gif


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post Jul 30 2006, 08:06 PM
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Agreed. It's a whole different world and definitely needs exploring. I'll be opting for the stinger suit though!


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post Jul 30 2006, 11:09 PM
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Did much else happen last year then in SA? unsure.gif


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post Jul 31 2006, 10:02 PM
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Well, I for one will definitely be 'adhering'!


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post Aug 1 2006, 11:04 AM
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Broome sounds good. And to get a chance like that... I'll definitely be looking it up! yes.gif


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post Aug 1 2006, 12:20 PM
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In Australia, be aware of the dangerous Drop Bears and Hoop Snakes


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post Aug 1 2006, 01:01 PM
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You've got my attention. Tell me about the dangerous Drop Bears..


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post Aug 1 2006, 01:14 PM
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And if given the chance, a koala will piss on you.


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As the name 'drop bear' suggests, they drop from the trees overhead. They're quite small, not unlike the size of a koala, but they're not a koala. Usually around dusk and if you're sitting around at night in the bush somewhere.

The most effective deterrant to-date has been toothpaste, no less!! You need to smear it over your neck because that's where they like to bite!! They don't like the smell or taste. If you sleep outside or don't zip up your tent sufficiently they have been known to crawl inside! Yikes!!!


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post Aug 1 2006, 01:29 PM
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This is madness. What about these 'Hoop Snakes'?


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And there are the Hoop snakes. If they see you, and you have upset them, they will rear up, and kind of place there tail in their mouth, and form a hoop, hence the name. And if they are on a slope, they will roll after you. Many people have been killed by these evil creatures, so be aware


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post Aug 1 2006, 01:40 PM
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How d'you know if you've upset one? How d'you upset one?


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