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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.

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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!).

 

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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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.

 

The crew move to cut the fishing ropes from the humpback in Cockburn Sound.

Two deckhands hung from the side of a tugboat to save a dying humpback whale they found trapped in fishing rope in Cockburn Sound yesterday.

Henry Duckett and Nick Nielsen, who work for harbour services company Total AMS, were aboard the Sacramento on their way back from moving barges at the Australian Marine Complex when they took a call from Fremantle Ports telling them about the struggling whale between Carnac Island and Woodman Point.

When the crew found the 8m whale just before 2pm, it had rope wrapped tightly around its body and tail and was floating upside down and was unable to move.

Tugboat crew rescue trapped humpback

Henry Duckett calls for help.

The men were able to use a boat hook to pull the rope up and used a knife to cut the rope three times, freeing the whale and causing a fishing pot, which they believed was possibly an octopus pot, to fall away.

Mr Duckett said they thought the whale was dead, but it soon spouted water out of its blowhole and kicked, so they decided to help.

He said he and Mr Nielsen, of Subiaco and Scarborough, worked together to cut the rope off the animal as they hung up to a metre from the side of the tugboat.

The boat’s skipper, Frank Forrest, steadied the boat as the pair tried to free the whale.

“When we went up to it, it looked really tired and as though it was about to die . . . it was definitely really tangled up,” Mr Duckett said.

“But when the rope fell off, it swam away and it looked like it was going to be all right. It was really satisfying to get such a good result.”

Fremantle Ports harbourmaster Allan Gray said the initial report received by the port told them the whale was floating belly up and possibly dead.

“The crew of the Sacramento was in the area and went to investigate, finding the distressed creature drowning within its rope entanglement,” Capt. Gray said.

“The rescue was skilful and just in time to save the whale’s life.”

Source: The West Australian

Bloody well done to the crew of the Sacramento! So often these situations end poorly for the whale so high-fives all round to those chaps!

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