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Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by skifree, Jul 3, 2017.
You know you want this thread.
Swimming in and waterskiing on the Darling River in Bourke. Those pesky yabbies. Excellent exfoliators.
Is surfing swimming in this scenario?
Ive had a swim up north -port clinton - that i later regretted upon reflection
I recall being on a school exercursion to NTwhere we swim in Katherine gorge - could that be right or is my memory failing me?
think the gorge is ok after they clear it out after the wet
little fish in the waterholes in the NT that nibble at your skin - wasn't expecting it and it gave me a helluva fright at first
Meanwhile, in Japan...
not animals that eat you, but windsurfing and seeing rays underneath you - i think i'd walk on water if i thought i was falling
Once jumped off a boat in the Red Sea with snorkelling gear to check out the hammerhead spotted circling a bommie. I swear I heard music.
We had similar in a waterhole on the Cooper near Innamincka. ..turned out to be little turtles
Yeah, great place to go kayaking/canoeing. Only freshies in there...but it's been a huge wet season, who knows how far those territorial man eaters have got to !
If you swim in Lake Lyell, you'll possibly end up on some 6 fingered Lithgowites BBQ.
There's this lake on Fraser Island where you just stick your feet in the water and the fish will come right up to the shore and eat your toe jam...Lake Wabby
The little turtles are rather cute too.
Love scuba diving. Best encounters so far have been manta rays in Indonesia. Big but not man-eaters.
Same, massive Manta's in Maldives.
Ned's Beach, Lord Howe Island.
Easy to get nibbled to death
Thread title now adjusted to include you.
Used to snorkel a bit in darwin. Swam Rapid Creek heaps, eh.
Used to swim in SA beaches as a kid.
Darwin ocean swim this weekend
Although would argue Perth metropolitan waters are hardly backcountry, yet pointy white fish reasonably regularly rage up someone....
Dived on WW2 wrecks in Darwin Harbour. Mud geckos, sharks and possible unexploded ordnance. What could go wrong?
Whenever I'm worried about crocs, I like to be thankful we don't have dangerous aquatic animals like hippo's here.
Is that your foot Billy?
few weeks ago in Venice. It was a hot day and I needed a rest
I was sitting on a boat with my girlfiend cruising the high seas.
She was looking over the edge pondering sharks when she asked: if I fell in would a shark eat me whole?
And I replied: No the shark would definitely spit it out
Waterskiing on the Georges River in 1993. As I was just taking off something rough-skinned hit me hard on the calf of my right leg (ie coming from behind me). Pretty sure I dodged a bull shark by millimetres.
We had a dolphin encounter wakeboarding in the Mandurah Estaury. Not a bitey sea creature, rather awesome really.
Saw this a little while ago...how amazing.
Got told once that snakes can't strike when swimming as they don't have enough purchase to recoil on. Tested this out chasing a red belly across Front creek South West Rocks. Theory was discounted.
I ride a 6,2 board, had a white pointer with at least a foot either end bigger swim gracefully underneath me at North Wall Ballina, he then had a nibble on a body boarders fins about 20m away, no dramas it was only a body boarder after all.
Lived in Adelaide for 7 years, surfed Yorke Peninsula, Elliston, Cactus, Waipinga, Parsons etc. Was in the water at Trigs when a diver was taken at Maslins.
The only place I actually seen sharks in the water is Yamba, Bungan beach and Agincourt reef. Brown snakes on the sand at Saltwater and sea urchins in the foot a few times, Flat Rock Ulladulla and Long reef.
Tried to wade across the mouth of the Bloomfield River back in the day. Too deep so we camped on the bank as night fell. I asked my companion who said he knew the way from Cedar Bay what were those growling, grunting noises nearby. He said that will be a bull crocodile letting us know we're in his territory. Didn't sleep much.
On one of the northern trips I did the guide took us down near the water at night with our torches. We could see plenty of pairs of red eyes of Saltwater crocs in the water...Ok, so the best pic I could find is of a gator
Have endlessly many boring tales of being in with biting creatures.
Used to swim (for surf photography) at all manner of place off the WA coast, and surf alone at many places that have now have an increasing tally of fatal or severe shark attacks.
My father is a commercial shark fisherman, so had a good idea of our waters inhabitants back when people thought all the great whites lived on the other side of the Indian Ocean, or in South Oz. To prove my ability to go surfing alone, had to jump off the boat at sea and swim back to shore. Did save me later though.
Shortly before they became protected, we caught an 18ft white, alive. The eye that was watching me as we struggled to cut it out the net to let it go still haunts me, size of a large orange, black & bottomless, almost reptilian, prehistoric. Had a couple of decent white scares a couple years back that really put the wind up me, including being followed back to shore.
Always weighed up which was more fearsome, a large croc or a large white. Still not quite sure, but usually lean towards the whites, just on the unpredictability factor. Crocs, you generally know they are there & usually, you keep out of their way. Whites, you can surf for decades, trawl yourself about the ocean doing your best one flippered seal impersonation & nothing. But then one day, your having a fun summer surf, clear water, feels safe & suddenly....
Have surfed a lot of those places also, jaws music was in the back of my head. The paddle out through the channel at Granites was nerve racking. A dolphin popped up right in front of me that day as I was paddling back to the line-up, hadn't seen a dolphin all day and I absolutely shit myself initially.
My old man and I surfed at Cactus 2 weeks before that guy was taken in waste deep water. Few weeks later that guy was taken paddling back in at Ellistons. Was to big and blow out when we were there but that has to be one of the "sharkiest" surf spots i have ever laid my eyes on, honestly I was not to disappointed it wasn't surf able that day hahaha.
The old man told me he was out there in the late 70's and a very big white crusied right underneath the take off pack. Said they all paddled in very quickly that day.
God-dam the surf pumps down that way though.
Have to disagree.
Id take Croc anyway of the week.
We surf in White Shark areas with a risk.
Id never in a million years surf/swim in an area where Saltys are.
Their aggressive territorial nature alone outweighs a White by a fair margin.
Big saltys would have to be the scariest animal on the planet currently IMO (that we know of, who knows whats hiding in the deeps)
Interesting thread by the way.
There is a good read thread on the swellnet forums about surfers own shark encounters.
Plenty of mayo but some interesting and spin chilling stories.
Includes a few blokes who have been hit.
Edit - read here http://www.swellnet.com/forums/wax/13776
Yep, done to death on swellnet. A bronzy (I think I hope) popped its nose up at me when surfing Castles (Cactus) nigh on 20 years ago. Happy for it to never happen again!!
Pini and I saw 'something' at Broulee, enough for us to go wtf.
Definitely mind over matter on some occasions. This one time ... watched a guy land a 7ft or so Great White from the bay behind Cactus. Had a large seal pop up just on dusk out at Castles by the time I turned to my mate to say "did you see that" and he was furiously paddling for a small lump of swell. The seal was a big bugger, wanted to play and popped up right in front of me. Adelaide was mad, bloke getting taken whilst towing behind a dingy off Hove. Late arvo Pondalowie amongst the salmon. Had penguins pop up at Narra point and Copa and a whale silently rise about 30m away at Copa point. Just the back came up as he glided past on his way north. Only two of us out on a small late session, was special.
Dolphins and whales stink of fish when they blow close to you, dugongs smell like cows (veg diet)
Galapagos - playing tag with these guys. One had a wee nibble on my wife's elbow. More of a friendly hello than a genuine tasting.
Good thread, not sure what it's got to do with Backcountry though!
It's raining in the back country so ... Tent talk
I've had several shark encounters but strangely enough none in the "designated shark zones" ie WA, SA etc.
The best or depends how you look at it was at Sandon Point, that's the northern version ie, near Brooms Head. It was a dead flat glassy day and we were keen just to get wet so we walked up the beach about 1K and found a little bank with tiddlers breaking on it. It was a fair way offshore with a big gutter between it and the beach. Four of us sitting having a chat and a laugh then a 16' hammer head fully launches out of the water about 30 metres from us.
That was a very fast long paddle with no waves in sight.
A few weeks ago at my local. This is a baby at 1.5m, the bay is a nursery for dusky whalers. Hard to get close without scuba. On a good day we spot schools of up to a dozen.
Occasionally we'll do the Manly-Shelly swim and spot something much much larger in the murky depths below us. That's when we start hugging the shore and take the long way.
A Google search suggests this is actually in Sth Africa. Wherever, it's dangerous out there.
Go see Sweetheart in the Darwin museum.
You'll feel quite different about salties after standing next to Sweetheart.
I've stood next to Sweetheart. Didn't know they'd made a film based on her him !
When he was alive there were probably less than 10,000 Salties in the country, just after they became protected. Probably 20 times that now !