You’ve probably all seen on the news that large areas of eastern and southern Australia are currently flooded. It looks terrible and I sympathise strongly with all those people whose homes and businesses have been inundated with filthy water and who have lost their personal belongings – no matter your level of insurance cover, some things simply cannot be replaced because their value is ‘sentimental’ rather than intrinsic.
However, the first thing I thought about when the pictures of flooded downtown Brisbane were shown on TV here in Sydney was this:
“What the hell are all those people doing wading through the water? Don’t they realise bull sharks can swim?”
Seriously, in this part of the world its a miracle that the crocs and bull sharks haven’t killed anyone yet, those flood waters have given them access to heavily populated areas.
A marine biologist friend of mine said on Sunday: “They’re probably picking off the carcasses first; easier and still pretty fresh. There’s probably a glut of drowned livestock, pets and people so they don’t really need to hunt live prey. At the moment.”
I’m not sure whether to be relieved or horrified by that.