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This savage reef break in Western Australia was dubbed Cyclops by the bodyboarders who first discovered it. ‘For shooting empties it doesn’t get any better,’ says WA photographer Russell Ord, ‘but it’s a deadly place to surf. Photos don’t really portray how dangerous it is’. With a 10ft thick lip it’s one of the heaviest breaks in Australia.

Source: The Guardian, picture Google.

Swarming

Scalloped hammerhead sharks at Punta Maria site, Cocos Island.

Source: Alexander Safonov

Local emus take a break from the red sand of the desert, enjoying the white for a change.
Monkey Mia, Shark Bay Western Australia

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Cliffs along the Great Australian Bight, spanning the border between Western Australia and South Australia.

The Bight is some 1160km long with cliffs reaching up to 60m tall. To the north of the cliffs lies nothing but the strange and desolate desert plain of the Nullarbor (latin for ‘no trees’) and the world’s longest piece of straight road- part of the Eyre Highway, between Balladonia and Ciaguna (pronounced Kai-a-gew-na), a 146km piece of tarmac without the slightest hint of deviation.
To the south- another desert, albeit underwater. With little rainfall running of the desert, few nutrients are deposited into the sea to stimulate bottom-of-the-food-chain growth. Without the little things, big things do not grow. Still, whales and tuna regularly migrate through the area, as well as the Great White Sharks southern WA and SA waters are known and feared for.

If you stand with the desert at your back there is absolutely nothing but fresh air between you and Antarctica, a fact memorably brought home to me as a teenager. At the border, the Eucla Roadhouse has an old dial-type thermometer bolted to its outer wall. Feeling a sudden chill in the warm desert heat we watched stunned as the afternoon sea breeze, blowing all the way from Antarctica, caused the dial to drop 20-odd degrees in a matter of minutes. Watching the dial hand sink so rapidly before our eyes was quite alarming and alien, but the roadhouse owners assured us it was quite normal (and no doubt longed for in those climates!).

 

Not Your Average Holiday BBQ

Diners at the Iberostar Hotel in Tunisia select their own cut to be cooked by the chef.

[I have no information on the circumstances of this catch, if it was accidental or targeted etc. It appears to be a thresher shark which are considered a vulnerable species* by the ICUN, but hey if it’s dead already may as well eat it? (Representatives for the hotel have since stated it was a one-off event, now never to be repeated). Hopefully it was at least a learning experience for those who tried a piece, forcing them to have a conversation they may never have considered about sharks.]

*A vulnerable species is one which has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening its survival and reproduction improve. So, pretty much every commercial catch ever.

Source: ScubaNews

A sea turtle provides a modicum of shelter for baitfish attempting to evade the eyes of hungry sailfish.

 

Inside the mouth of a Leatherback Turtle, the largest turtle in the world. The ‘spikes’ are actually soft and fleshy and help the turtle in swallowing its main prey- jellyfish.
For an amazingly in-depth look at this weird feeding apparatus, check out the fab docco series Inside Nature’s Giants (skip to 20.25 for the digestive system part).

Dingo eating a shark, Fraser Island QLD.

This marlin bit off more than it could chew off the coast of Angola. This is the floating load hose on the FPSO Girassol; the marlin caused the loading operation to shut down for a few days while the hose was replaced. The loading hose is approximately 24″ in diameter and the terminal produces about 250k barrels of oil a day.

Ever tried cutting through a car tyre? Try to imagine the immense turn of speed this fish had to work up in order to bury itself up to the hilt in material may times a tyre’s density and thickness! Sadly the marlin was not able to be released alive as it was too firmly lodged in place. The marlin was cut from its bill, which was still not able to be dislodged, and the entire section of hose was removed.

Source: Snopes

Tethered

International freedive and spearfishing champion, Cameron Kirkconnell.

Source: Facebook

Congratulations, you can now differentiate between a baby sailfish (top) and a baby marlin (bottom)!

Source: iFISH

Rough Seas

Stormy seas off Tasmania.

Source: BoM

Sunrise captured from Bribie Island, QLD by P. Sparrow.

Source: BoM Facebook

A New Zealand kayaker prayed for his life as a giant crocodile he  feared would devour him at any moment kept him hostage on a remote  Australian island.

Ryan Blair had an amazing escape after he was  trapped by the massive crocodile on the Governor Islands in the Timor  Sea off the northern tip of Western Australia for more than two weeks.

The  37-year-old had been exploring the WA coast near Kalumburu, between  Derby and Kununurra when he ended up stranded at the twin islands of  East and West Governor, the biggest of which, West, is just 260  hectares. The nearest settlement is Kalumburu, about 40 kilometres  south.

Once alone, the Kiwi realised he didn’t have enough supplies and tried to paddle the four kilometres to the mainland.

But he immediately caught the eye of a six-metre saltwater crocodile that’s lived in the area for years. Every  time he tried to leave, the crocodile would stalk Mr Blair, leaving the  adventurer fearing for his life and stranded for more than a fortnight.

”He was about four metres away from me and I thought ‘this is it’,”’ Mr Blair said. ”It was so close, and if this croc wanted to take me it would not have been an issue. I was scared for my life – I was hard-core praying for God to save me.”

On  Saturday, local Don MacLeod spotted a light on the island, and when he  checked it out, the hatless, shirtless and desperate visitor approached.

”He  was relieved and shocked, and thankful someone had come along because  he was running out of options pretty quickly,” Mr MacLeod told ABC  radio. ”He is a very, very lucky man.”

Ryan’s passage to WA was not easy in itself. He  travelled from Queensland on a yacht whose owner was jailed in the  Northern Territory, leaving Mr Blair stranded for two months. After  hitching a lift with a solo yachtsman from the Territory to WA, he was  dropped on Governor Island with 160 litres of water, some flour and dry  stores.

But after realising he was unprepared for the Kimberley  wilderness, three attempts to reach the mainland were thwarted by the  crocodile.

Mr MacLeod said the story was incredible. ”He  said every time he got in his little kayak, which was only 2.5m long,  this crocodile – who has lived there for many years and is a monster –  has chased him,” Mr MacLeod said.

”He was desperate for water when I trotted up. We gave him a cold beer, which was probably the wrong thing, and then he went to sleep about three-quarters of the way home.”

Mr Blair flew out of Kalumburu to Kununurra on Monday, and said he had seen enough of Australia’s outback- ”For the moment I can have a bit of a break from the adventuring days,” Mr Blair said.

Source: WA Today

Sunset over Geographe Bay, Western Australia.

Source: Instagram

Rush Hour

Photo by C. Hamilton for the Cairns Underwater Film Festival

Source: Queensland Blog

Biggest fish in the world.

Photo by V. Mignon for the Cairns Underwater Film Festival

Source: Queensland Blog

Humpback Whale

Photo by J. Jenkins for the Cairns Underwater Film Festival.

Source: Queensland Blog

Hermit crab with anemones.

Photo by J. Munro for the Cairns Underwater Film Festival.

Source: Queensland Blog

Photo by D. Friedrichs for the Cairns Underwater Film Festival

Source: Queensland Blog

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