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Re: Irukandji on the move south, and what happened to
Reply #30 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 12:53pm
 
Captain Caveman wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 12:33pm:
Gordon wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 12:29pm:
Gnads wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 9:05am:
Gordon wrote on Jan 9th, 2018 at 7:41pm:
They're tiny and we're only described in the 1960s.

No doubt they've been that far south before, and will again.

I got the crap bitten out of me by swarms of killer march flies last time I was on Fraser Is. Horrid part of the world Wink


Yeah the March Flies over on & around Fraser are as big as B52 Bombers & they pack a wallop when they bite.

But small sandflies that inhabit all the coastal mangrove areas are worse.

They come in swarms .. ..in your eyes, ears, up your nose ... every bare bit of skin,  even up your shorts leg ... so going commando isn't smart.

And they itch for days ... sometimes a week or more.

Oh & then there's the larger biting midges.


I hiked Fraser, from the Wanggoolba creek ferry landing to Lake McKenzie, up to Lake Garawongera, across to the coast then down to the Inskip ferry.

4 days/3 nights of abject misery being devoured by insects.


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Did anyone warn you about what you were about to do?
I've driven all over fraser and I would never attempt to hike that far.
The sheer size of the island is very overwhelming.


Wasn't warned about the march flies. The mozzies and sandflies were repelled by deet but not the march flies.

We did about 100ks, the physical side was OK and we actually jogged most of it as the march flies seemed to leave us alone when jogging. Any downtime was spent sheltering under mozzie nets.


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Reply #31 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 1:50pm
 
We were better off when it was only Mexicans.... now everybody wants a piece of the action...
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Reply #32 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 1:53pm
 
Gordon wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 12:29pm:
I hiked Fraser, from the Wanggoolba creek ferry landing to Lake McKenzie, up to Lake Garawongera, across to the coast then down to the Inskip ferry.

4 days/3 nights of abject misery being devoured by insects.


Jesus.
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Mr Hammer wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 11:44am:
My mate lives up north and he reckons many people use coconut oil to keep the midges from biting herb.


If I lived up in those parts I would do my own experimenting with insect deterrents.

I would try everything.

WD40
Whiskey
Liquid Garlic
Vinegar

etc.

BUT! Surely the Abos in those parts know a few secrets about how not to get stung by all those critters?
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Reply #34 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 3:06pm
 
Lord Herbert wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 1:59pm:
Mr Hammer wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 11:44am:
My mate lives up north and he reckons many people use coconut oil to keep the midges from biting herb.


If I lived up in those parts I would do my own experimenting with insect deterrents.

I would try everything.

WD40
Whiskey
Liquid Garlic
Vinegar

etc.

BUT! Surely the Abos in those parts know a few secrets about how not to get stung by all those critters?


Don't live there....
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Reply #35 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 3:50pm
 
I have heard of a mixture of vinegar, metho and detol mixed evenly and then about 50ml of baby oil.
Never used it but some old fishos I know swear by it.
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Reply #36 - Jan 12th, 2018 at 8:57am
 
Lord Herbert wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 11:41am:
Gnads wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 9:05am:
Gordon wrote on Jan 9th, 2018 at 7:41pm:
They're tiny and we're only described in the 1960s.

No doubt they've been that far south before, and will again.

I got the crap bitten out of me by swarms of killer march flies last time I was on Fraser Is. Horrid part of the world Wink


Yeah the March Flies over on & around Fraser are as big as B52 Bombers & they pack a wallop when they bite.

But small sandflies that inhabit all the coastal mangrove areas are worse.

They come in swarms .. ..in your eyes, ears, up your nose ... every bare bit of skin,  even up your shorts leg ... so going commando isn't smart.

And they itch for days ... sometimes a week or more.

Oh & then there's the larger biting midges.


Dear Jesus!

Why .... I say
WHY
haven't the CSIRO boffins come up with a spray-on that keeps these bitey pests at bay!


there are plenty of repellants Herb.

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Reply #37 - Jan 12th, 2018 at 9:00am
 
Gordon wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 11:49am:
Lord Herbert wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 5:44am:
Hundreds of miles of 'Pacific Paradise' coastline 'golden sands' beaches to swim in but they're all but deserted all year round - for tourists and locals alike - all because of these little cubes of jellyfi
The government should get marine biologists to figure out how to permanently eradicate these little beasties in order to make its habitat safe for swimming. 


Ever done the drive from Brisbane to FNQ?

Sorry QLDers but IMHO from about Bundy onwards is the least attractive of any Australian coastline.


From Bundy to Clareview you're no where near the coast.

There's nowt wrong with the variety beyond there.

And if you want to see beautiful places you have to get off the highway.

Have you been to Rules Beach, Agnes Waters/1770? Corio Bay, 5 Rocks, Stanage Bay?(crook road in but that has advantages), Cape Palmerston, Cape Hillsborough?

And many many more.

Don't forget that also once you're past Bundy ... the coast is protected somewhat by the Great Barrier Reef.
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Reply #38 - Jan 12th, 2018 at 12:16pm
 
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Don't forget that also once you're past Bundy ... the coast is protected somewhat by the Great Barrier Reef.


ie, a lot of mangrove swamp
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Reply #39 - Jan 12th, 2018 at 1:16pm
 
Captain Caveman wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 3:50pm:
I have heard of a mixture of vinegar, metho and detol mixed evenly and then about 50ml of baby oil.
Never used it but some old fishos I know swear by it.


DDT the bastards - let God sort 'em out...
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Reply #40 - Jan 12th, 2018 at 2:10pm
 
Turtles are the main predator of the Irukandji, turtles are endangered because feral pigs are feasting on their nests.

Feral pigs were under control in Qld before Howards gun laws , many young people were shooting feral pigs back then with semi auto rifles.

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Deadline looms for groups fighting turtle vs feral pig war


LOCAL environmental groups have a month to apply for funding to help protect marine turtles from the damage of feral pigs up and down Queensland's coastline.
The $7 million joint state and federal funding was opened for applications on Sunday, as part of wider efforts to reduce the impact of feral pigs and other predators on threatened turtles.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the funding could go to "control measures", including aerial and ground pig shooting, baiting, and nest protection devices at key areas.

"Destruction of turtle nests, eggs and newly hatched baby turtles by feral pigs and other predators are the main threats to turtle populations along the Queensland coast," he said.
"In some areas up to 90% of turtle nests are lost to predation by feral pigs."


https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/Deadline-looms-for-groups-fighting-tu...

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Reply #41 - Jan 12th, 2018 at 3:41pm
 
Gnads wrote on Jan 9th, 2018 at 7:32pm:
A once in 150 year super blue blood moon will push the tides & currents around a bit more on the 31st January.


I blue moon will do nothing for tides. A supermoon -- being closer to Earth's orbit -- might do something to tidal heights. But this is all dependant on positioning of the moon over the Pacific.
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Reply #42 - Jan 13th, 2018 at 10:43am
 
Indigenous Jellyfish - the mind boggles....
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