Showing posts with label Australia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Australia. Show all posts

Monday, January 30, 2012

Great white shark surfaces in Ironman competition in Australia (video of shark surfacing)

A large great white shark is said to have surfaced just yards away from contestants paddling in an Ironman competition last week in Australia, but nobody noticed it until TV footage was shown later.

At least some believe it was a great white shark, supported by reports of a shark attack less than 10 miles away four days earlier.

Not everyone is convinced, however. Others claim it was a pilot whale or dolphin.

Take a look at the short video on YouTube and tell us what you think. Watch in the upper left-hand corner:





It was ironwoman Kirsty Holmes who first alerted organizers of the Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series about the surfacing of a great white shark at Newcastle Beach, located 101 miles north-northeast of Sydney.

From The Sydney Morning Herald:
“I was at home on Monday night and just watching a replay of the round on You Tube when I saw it,” Holmes said.

“I was actually looking at the top of the screen because at that stage I think I was coming fourth or fifth and thought I should be coming into picture, then all of a sudden I saw the fin and said ‘What was that!?’

“As soon as [I] saw it I thought it was a shark. I rang Zane (Holmes) and he agreed, saying it was either a shark or a pilot whale.

Folkard's surfboard
“I suppose it’s good for the sport because there’s now plenty of hits on YouTube, but the only reason I thought it was a shark was because it didn’t resurface, and normally dolphins and whales do.”
Just four days before this Ironman Series competition, surfer Glen Folkard was reportedly attacked by what was believed to be a juvenile great white shark at Redhead Beach, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Folkard told The Australian that the impact from the shark was like being hit by a car and being turned 180 degrees. The shark bite his right leg before he managed to climb back on his board and swim to safety, nearly bleeding to death.

Redhead Beach and Newcastle Beach are about six miles apart.

The Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series was unaware of the surfacing great white shark/pilot whale/dolphin.

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

“We didn’t know about it until after it happened and if we did know about it on the day we would have acted accordingly to what the authority - council lifeguard or surf lifesaving australia - required and they would have closed the beach and we would have removed our competitors,” a Nutri-Grain Ironman Series spokesman said.

“But we don’t think it’s a shark. It looks to be either a pilot whale or a false killer whale. Safety is always the priority. Our competitors encounter sharks and dolphins on a regular basis while training and if it hadn’t been for a shark attack the week earlier I don’t think we’d be talking about it.”
But then, who can dispute Kirsty Holmes? She ought to know a whale when she sees one, considering the two-time Open Ski champion was once knocked off her ski by a whale.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wildlife: Frog hitches ride on a snake in Australian floods

Wildlife photo from ninemsn

In the animal kingdom, this isn't something you see every day: A green frog hitching a ride atop a brown snake.

The freak of nature occurred while the creatures were attempting to escape the devastating floods in Queensland, Australia. From ninemsn.com:
Computer technician Armin Gerlach was visiting friends in the flood-hit town of Dalby, located in the state's south-east, last week when he spotted the unlikely pair.

"I felt amazement, I just couldn’t believe it," Mr Gerlach told ninemsn.

Mr Gelach [who took the above photo] said a friend who had been affected by many floods told him animals often helped each other out during disasters.
Of course, we don't know the rest of the story. Was the snake really helping the frog? Or was it merely taking carryout for when it found safety? Unfortunately, we'll never know.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Boy fishing in Australia reels in a stick of dynamite

Jokes about fishing with dynamite have been around as long as there has been fishing and dynamite. We laugh at the joke and then try to catch fish the old-fashioned way: with a rod and reel.

Who knew not everyone was joking?

A boy was fishing with his father on the bank of a river in Bassendean's Pickering Park in Perth, Australia, earlier this month when the kid made a startling catch, according to a Tuesday report from InMyCommunity.com.au.

At the end of his line was a white tube marked "explosive."

The report said that police were called to the scene and seized the object before notifying the bomb squad. Quite frankly, I believe I would have notified the bomb squad first, but, hey, that's just me.

Divers found several more explosives when conducting a search of the river.

Bomb response supervisor Sgt. Jodie Pearson told InMyCommunity that this was the first time in her 12 years with the bomb squad that explosives had been reported found in the river. She said police believed the explosives were dumped illegally, which begs this question: Could explosives ever be dumped legally?

Nobody knew where they had come from.

"The most likely thing is that someone just wanted to get rid of it and dumped them in the river," Pearson said.

Or somebody was fishing with dynamite, albeit unsuccessfully, which would sort of ruin all dynamite-fishing jokes in the future. 

The above photo of a fisherman in Vietnam kinda already proves it's not a joke.

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