Thursday, January 12, 2006

I'm never going to Australia


well... maybe not never... but it seems more and more dangerous... of course, i always like to go to new places, and i would love to dive on the reef just to see what its like over there... however, everytime i check the dive news, somebody is getting killed by dangerous marinelife over there... its really incredible actually... and if you aren't already reading the cyber diver news network
you should be... its all the news padi and naui don't want you to hear... top divers dying, dive instructers under scrutiny, dive operations that are problematic, etc... anyways, it always seems like once a feew weeks, someone is being fatally attacked by sharks in australia, and every once in a while, its something different... last november, a marine crocodile bit the head off of a diver and recently a box jellyfish killed a bather... the thingn about australia, is that they are pretty near to the marine species hotbed (i believe there are more species of marine fauna in the waters around the philipines than anywhere else in the world, but the sout pacific has an almost as large number)... so with an abundance of species, it is understandable that you can come into contact with so many dangerous marine animals, tiger, white and bull sharks, venemous fish, box jellies, blue ringed octopus...
now, don't get me wrong... i am not telling you to not go to autralia, and im sure that once i get an opportunity i will be on the first plane over there... it just is crazy how many people seem to have fatal encounters with marine animals in their waters... of course, thousands of divers go there evevry year so its a small percentage, probably similar to every where else in the world... maybe it just makes the news more... who knows...

2 comments:

Tait said...

yeah going ot Aus used to be one thing I def wanted to do ....not so sure now...I mean diving on the Great Barrier reef sounds pretty scary now..not to mention swimming at their beaches....the shear concentration of aggresive and venomous/poisonous marine life there is nuts...i mean sharks, salties, Blue ring octo, box jellies, couple species of severe regular jellies, don't they have those stone fish there too?....no thank you....maybe in one of those hard helmet navy diver getups....maybe

john said...

yeah, i would have to say that it seems very dangerous, although im sure that the numbers are very low as to fatalities comapred to total divers... if i get the chance i will probably still go...