Flood waters

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.

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9 Responses to Flood waters

  1. azahar says:

    I’m sometimes surprised that everyone in Australia isn’t dead, given the countless ways they can be poisoned or eaten by the wildlife there.

    • Norwichrocks says:

      Someone gave me a book of all the critters that can kill you when I moved here. I’ve yet to see any of them, thankfully.

  2. It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good, as they say.

    Although I’m not sure a croc-and-shark buffet line was quite what they had in mind.

  3. Shows the difference between being an observer and actually being a resident. The thought about the shark would not have crossed my mind, although I did sort of wonder if the salt water crocs were an issue that far east.

    • Norwichrocks says:

      The number of things that don’t occur to brits who move out here – starting with the dangers of rips in the surf which don’t occur round the coast of Britain – is such a long one that I sometimes wonder how any of the early European colonists of this country ever survived long enough to procreate.

  4. OmbudsBen says:

    I don’t think it’s necessarily an either/or proposition. A sense of horrified relief might be completely appropriate.

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