Near death experience. November is the beginning of box jellyfish aka ‘stingers’ season in Australia. Box jelly man have a top rating for pain and some species can cause death by cardiovascular arrest. O, November also happens to be crocodiles’ active season.
So this tourist landed and tried to get a dip asap at croc / shark dinner hour… sunset. Luckily, I survived to tell the tale. I am no daredevil, it was out of sheer ignorance. There were signs all over the show, I didn’t know why I didn’t see them. Not smart at all. Please do not be stupid like me.
I started off loving it that the beach was quiet. After about 10min of seaside fun, I started to think that perhaps something was wrong.
Why did nobody come near the water? Not even walking along the beach line (dipping feet in the water, no kids or dogs were playing with the water either). That was when I decided that something must be in the water and called it a day When I got back to my accomodation, I asked the local about that. He was flabbergasted. According to him, there was a 4m long croc spotted in the water recently. Enough said.
Another lady was less lucky. She got dead in May 2016 doing a skinny dip around 22:00. Again, croc dinner time. Crocs have excellent night vision and hunt by ambush. The bumps on their head prevent ripples i.e won’t see it coming.No matter, Cairns beaches are stunningness of note. There’s designated areas where one can enjoy a dip without fearing croc/sharks/jellyfish. Be mindful of signs 😉 and prepare to fall in love with Cairns.
Jelly fish season – Nov to Jan. Always ask a local before dipping (yes, even feet only)
Never swim at dawn, sunset or at night. Do not go near the water either. You’ll be an instant croc-bait.
Where was I?
Palm Cove beach, Queensland, Australia
Camera: Sony Z3+
*This was a mobile blogging attempt. Photos have been compressed on PC after publishing 😛
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