Saturday, January 10, 2009

I don't usually worry, but. . .

Remember this post with the pic of the boys having a carefree play in the stinger enclosure. Here's a recent picture (plus story) of the very same singer enclosure. Not so carefree as we would have hoped after all.
I've always kept a careful eye on the water when we swim in the sea because crocs are a possibility, although their habitat is supposed to be the river estuaries. That is why they are called estuarine crocodiles, although most people these days just call them 'salties'. The possibility of a croc or two inside the enclosure puts a whole different complexion on things. Even a small one would be deadly to a child. Our estuarine crocodiles are extremely dangerous and aggressive when hungry. They also grow to a huge size and have been measured at over 6 metres (20feet) long.
We have another croc species. The freshwater crocodile (or Johnstone River Crocodile) which is a much smaller, shyer and less dangerous animal. It eats turtles and fish in northern rivers, but it isn't native to our part of the country.
One thing is for sure, we'll be swimming in swimming pools in future and maybe give the beach a miss.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I would never have expected to see a croc in the stinger enclosure at Balgal. I will be watching for 'moving logs' when we are there next.


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I have worked as a Biology lab assistant, Pathology lab assistant, geochem lab assistant, land tenure researcher, hospital and prison chaplain, parish care coordinator and part owner of a small business. I have studied some science (no degrees) and have a theology and a chaplaincy certificate. I still love science of all types and enjoy studying theology. Science and theology belong together. At present I am a work-at-home Grannysaurus.

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