The octopus have not killed anyone lately – which is a wonder. It was almost an annual event years ago. A common resident of Sydney Harbour these tiny octopus will kill a man with their bite. The ‘victim’ dies quickly. It is obviously very unwise to handle a live Blue Ring octopus.
The rings glow bright blue on the legs as a series of tiny disc-shaped circles rather than rings around the entire leg.
A science-themed story is contained in our FATHOM magazine No.3
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Land surrounding river is owned by a pastoral company. Will there ever be shops, liquor store and a marina here?
It’s a wild river – inhabited by crocodiles, possibly squatters in a hut (one surviving hermit living near the mouth of the river disappeared – possibly taken by a crocodile before these pictures were taken. That story is elsewhere on this blog).
We’ve anchored at the Olive River several times while making marine documentary films offshore. In the upper reaches of the river where water is brackish, grow unique palms.
Anchoring near the bank is a hazard, many large submerged tree’s underwater. You’d think these would make an ideal home for Barramuindi – the prize fish. Professional fishermen always seem to have ‘cleaned them out’ before we arrive.
Currently before the Australian parliament is the Wild Rivers Legislation.
The future of this and other rivers of Cape York Peninsula rivers is blowing in the wind.
Ben Cropp is presently returning to Queensland aboard Freedom IV after almost a year in Western Australia. Here are some pictures of mine taken on our most recent filming in North Queensland.
Due to the remoteness of the filming trips it’s essential to ‘live of the sea’ with fish being a meal aboard every second day- except for me. I did not mind seafood on a daily basis, especially Coral trout and Barramundi – fresh.
No crowds in the far north. Dean Cropp has a ski behind his dads’ dinghy. theJOHNHARDING.com (2005)