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We sometimes get asked by overseas tourists about the risks of the various bitey and poisonous stuff we have here. We normally downplay the risk, give them some basic advice and reassure them that they will likely see nothing.

And then this sort of thing appears on the news:

A man in his 40s is being treated for a shark bite after tripping and falling onto the animal in his fishing boat off Victoria's east coast.

The man caught the 1.5 metre shark at Paradise Beach this morning and pulled it onto the boat.

But he tripped and fell on to the shark, which then bit his leg, John Mullen from Ambulance Victoria said.

"As the shark has been pulled into the boat, he's either fallen on it, or it's lunged at him and taken a piece out of his lower leg, and it's caused quite a serious laceration to his calf," Mr Mullen said.

Mr Mullen said the man had to be taken along the beach for treatment, instead of over the sand dunes, because of snakes in the region.

"Getting access to him has been a problem because sand dunes all along that area are apparently renowned of brown snakes, so there had to be a bit of care," he said.

"The SES were involved in the process of getting the man and then bringing him back to the ambulance area.

"He's been treated and stabilised at the scene by paramedics, and the bleeding has been stopped, he's now in the process of being transported to Sale Hospital in a serious but stable condition."
 
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Ah, the continent of fourex, where the non-lethal creatures are restricted to some of the sheep.
 
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I don't see where the Drop Bears are!!
I wanna see a Drop Bear!
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Be Drop Bear Aware; Look Up and Stay Alive.
 
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Originally Posted by Cambo351 View Post
excellent work, I havent seen that before

cheers
 
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We were diving of the West end of Rottnest Island earlier today.
Sitting there swapping tanks, when a chopper flies overhead at about 30ft and mimes "big shark, points South, then flies off to warn other nearby boats.
We'd just been hand-feeding a huge stingray with a spare crayfish - recon he'd have backed us up!
 
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We were diving of the West end of Rottnest Island earlier today.
Sitting there swapping tanks, when a chopper flies overhead at about 30ft and mimes "big shark, points South, then flies off to warn other nearby boats.
We'd just been hand-feeding a huge stingray with a spare crayfish - recon he'd have backed us up!
Seems to have become shark central over there.

I love that line "We'd just been hand-feeding a huge stingray with a spare crayfish" well of course, as one does. Some great days to be had if you can stay clear of the big bities.
 
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Default 'spare' was a euphemism for 'not very big'!

..and there are usually enough to share around!
 
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Staying with friends in Gosford, NSW I was moving my dirty laundry from a pile on the floor when I unearthed a spider the size of a small dog. It barred fangs like elephant tusks at me. I hit it with a baseball bat or maybe something smaller but my blows were for naught as it shrugged them off and disappeared into the nether-regions of the closet.

After this life-threatening drama I was chastised--Chastised!--by my hosts for my cowardice. Apparently if one survives such an attack one was supposed to make nice with the spider and turn it over to authorities for venom collection and subsequent antivenin production. I don't know if this was true, but I wasn't likely to comply one way or another.
 
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I unearthed a spider the size of a small dog. It barred fangs like elephant tusks at me.
Not long after we bought this house(empty for 18 months prior) I was sitting downstairs watching CART (those other us open wheelers) at 1 am, I picked up my beer can and raised it to my mouth. A spider was straddling the top of the can,it's legs extending half way down it's sides.

That was my first encounter of many with the "Huntsman" spider, we have a healthy respect for each other now......... I won't kill it if it don't come in my house(or garage).

Scary SOB.

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I am surprised you let it get that close to your beer, or are they real sneaky?


How come ALL the countries that have nice weather 90% of the time, also have things that want to eat/ kill you?
 
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How come ALL the countries that have nice weather 90% of the time, also have things that want to eat/ kill you?
Because the weather doesn't kill them.
It's unheard of here to have West Nile mosquitoes in December.
This Winter in California it hasn't been cold enough to even kill them!!
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I am surprised you let it get that close to your beer, or are they real sneaky?


How come ALL the countries that have nice weather 90% of the time, also have things that want to eat/ kill you?
They are sneaky, saucer sized ones just sneak up on you. We catch the all the time and relocate them to the garden, takes then a few hours to get back in.

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here's a more benign creature causing a stir

Sunbaking seal disrupts traffic on Tasmanian highway - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

he might take a chunk out of a human if poked, but he couldnt eat a whole one
 
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That sort of beastie is so completely not necessary; what on earth is Mother Nature thinking of? Have you been carrying out secret atomic testing down there?
Gives me the creeps just looking at the pictures.
 
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That sort of beastie is so completely not necessary; what on earth is Mother Nature thinking of? Have you been carrying out secret atomic testing down there?
Gives me the creeps just looking at the pictures.

Actually you guys carried out your non secret atomic testing down here (not sure why, I thought the Isle of Wight would have been fine), so your theory has some merits. British nuclear tests at Maralinga - Fact sheet 129 ? National Archives of Australia

I dont find the beastie so offensive but I guess we are conditioned to less cute and fluffy animals. He doesnt really stack up in the attractiveness stakes against a sea otter does he? One useful purpose for this guy may be great white shark food. Gets them trained to look for dark swimming objects, then they can move on to abalone divers.
 
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If the critters don't get you, of course there's the trees. Too many drop bears, a bit of wind and

 

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