Australia Warnings Or Dangers Tips by pedroswift
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Dark Red = warmest water - E.A.C.
Be aware of the East Australian Current when you visit Australia.
This is a warm off-shore current part of the anti-clockwise pattern of Southern Hemisphere Pacific currents. It pushes southwards from Tropical Australia and can be detected between northern Queensland and Sydney.
"How does that affect me?" you may well ask. One practical phenomenon resulting from the current is that it produces eddies that flow between it and the shore line. End result is that the inshore currents affecting surfing beaches are usually northward flowing.
Going swimming? Expect a sweeping current pushing along the beach northwards. The speed depends on prevailing winds. Stiff southeasters increase the speed of the northern current. This knowledge could help you surf safely.
How else can this current affect your holiday safety?
The warm water flowing southwards from tropical areas may well carry organisms that would not normally exist in cooler areas. Some of those "organisms" may include some nasty biting things like jellyfish or even worse crocodiles. (see other tips on Dangers).
Why have a title "Seeking Nemo" ???? If you have read this far, it has worked!
You may have seen the animated film "Finding Nemo" in which a group of North Queensland comic fishey characters (including Nemo's dad, Marlin) go looking for the fish called "Nemo". He is eventually found in Sydney Harbour 2,000 kms south of his home territory.
The concept of the film plot is based on scientific data. The East Australian Current provides a moving pathway of warm water in which fish and other species can exist outside their normal temperature zone. In fact, each summer, thousands of fish are swept from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney Harbour and further south.
Now, when you read about someone being stung by an unexpected jellyfish species or read about croc sightings in southern regions, YOU will be able to nod your head and wisely say, "It's the Nemo Affect!!"
THE DEADLY JELLYFISH
Do you know that the BOX JELLYFISH (also known as the sea wasp) has been responsible for more deaths in Australia than snakes, sharks and saltwater crocodiles?
Do you know that the IRUKANDJI JELLYFISH has venom 100 times more potent than a cobra snake and that its venom is more deadly than the Box Jellyfish? Has caused two confirmed deaths in recent years.
Summer time between October and April is the worst time for both these potentially deadly jellyfish.
The BOX JELLYFISH is found in northern Australia (Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia)
The IRUKANDJI is found in Queensland mainly in the north but in recent years as far south as Hervey Bay (Western beaches and inlets on Fraser Island especially).
To prevent being stung:-
best way stay out of the water
Use the hotel or local council swimming pool
Wear a "stinger suit" which covers most of you body. They are not a 100 percent guarantee of no stings 'cause usually there is no face cover. There have been reported cases of people diving into the water and suffering stings to the face.
Treatment: flush area with vinegar - take victim to hospital as soon as possible!
read more on Qld government web page and on my Cairns intro page
Gum trees drop some very large branches
Camping in Australia is not without its dangers.
I've just cleaned up the mess from a large branch, diameter 600mm at its base and about 8 metres long which fell from a huge gum tree at my local archery club car park. Had it hit someone or something it could have had dire consequences. It reminded me of a recent camping death of a young man near Adelaide caused by a gum tree dropping a branch and lessons learnt when Scouting for Boys during my younger years. Camping under big trees is a no no.
Mosquito-borne disease which can be fatal. At best - debilitating persistent symptoms.
Multiple cases reported every summer in Tropical Australia.
Mosquito nets, insect repellent a must if you intend visiting the northern regions of Australia in our Summer time.
Don't let the mossies bite you!!!!!!
Read more on my Cairns Intro Page.
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