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Dingo eating a shark, Fraser Island QLD.

Rough Seas

Stormy seas off Tasmania.

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

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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.

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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

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Photo by Takuma O. for the Cairns Underwater Film Festival competition.

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Maori wrasse.

Photo by D. Leze for the Cairns Underwater Film Festival competition.

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Full moon captured at sunrise over Nightcliff Jetty, Northern Territory  by L Denton.

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Photo submitted to the Lost Newcastle Facebook page by M. Mckean with the caption: “Marlin tied on to the front of cars and being taken to the ice works, prior to being sent to the Australian Museum. Shoal Bay. Date unknown.  From the archives of Athel D’Obrain, Newcastle University.  I love the guy strapping in his Marlin in the background.  Is there a better fishing photo than this ?”

Interesting comments from other locals:

K. Davey: “I imagine that this might be Athol’s car, since he isn’t in the shot. If it was someone else’s car, the fisherman would surely have been included in the shot.”
P. Hall: “I reckon early 50’s…”
T. Durrance: ” I think Athel landed the 1st black marlin off the bay in 1938 or 39 there is a plaque in Shoal Bay. Then marlin fishing stopped throughout the war yeas and did not really come back until the late 50’s.”
S. Shelley: ” Darks Ice Works on Wharf Road, another memory of Newcastle.  My dad delighted in calling it Dikes Arse Works ( he was wicked).”
T. Durrance: “My grandfather had a room in the ice works for putting in his marlin and other fish caught .Granddad fished the bay throughout the 1950’s & 60’s a foundation member of the Newcastle Port Stephens Game fishing club.”
A. Hodge: “The car is a1939 V8 Mercury”
T. Durrance: “It was how they studied nature back then that Black Marlin would be close to 2yrs old and about 70kg”… ” It wasn’t until the 1970’s that we started the world first tagging program of game fish. I think it is fair to say that most of these smaller marlin would have been eaten as they are pretty good on the plate”

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Osprey s living the new high lifeA company has gone to unusual lengths to protect a nest of osprey chicks which made a home on a moored barge in the Pilbara.

Marine and Civil staff built a special platform for the birds after discovering two chicks on the moveable support legs of the barge at Point Samson boat harbour.

The company carried out a carefully-planned, 45-minute operation with Pilbara Wildlife Carers to move the chicks to the platform.

The move appeared to be successful with the parent ospreys returning to the area 20 minutes later.

 

This extraordinary picture of a mahi-mahi (aka dolphinfish/dorado) was taken by Rob Paxevanos and the Fishing Australia team 50 miles out to sea. What unlikely series of events conspired to leave this poor fish stranded thusly is anyone’s guess!

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Bliss!

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Apart from a scattering of islands, most of the Great Barrier Reef comes to within just a few feet of the water’s surface.

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Growing up to 110kg and over 8.5 feet long, potato cod can be completely unafraid of divers and make for enormously bold photography subjects!

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A school of big-eye jack fish beneath a dive boat.

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Catfish from Darwin, ready for my knife. The dorsal and pectoral spines were slightly terrifying serrated edges, handle with care!

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A 4.4m blue marlin that washed ashore at Little Beach, east of Albany, overnight on Tuesday may be the largest ever recorded in Australia.

The female fish is expected to crack the fisherman’s legendary 1000-pound mark — or 454kg — according to Department of Fisheries officers who removed the fish on Wednesday morning.

Fisheries regional manager Kevin Donohue said blue marlin very rarely wash up in the Albany region as the area was the southern extremity of the fish’s distribution.

“It would be a big deal, it would be the first time a marlin that size has been recorded in WA,” he said.

“The previous largest was a 330kg blue marlin recorded in Exmouth by a game fisherman.”

Mr Donohue said Fisheries officers worked quickly on Wednesday to remove the blue marlin.

“With the decay, there is potential to attract sharks which would endanger any users entering the water,” he said.

As there is no car access to Little Beach, two officers pushed the fish into the water, while another two officers brought a boat around from Two Peoples Bay boat ramp to load the creature.

A woman fishing from the rocks on Tuesday night reported the distressed blue marlin swimming in the cove.

The WA Museum is interested in studying the fish.

The world record for a blue marlin is 624kg, in Hawaii, while the Australian record is 452.2kg, for a fish caught in Batemans Bay NSW.

Source: The West Australian

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