History UsefulNotes / AustralianWildlife

3rd Aug '16 9:06:06 PM DoctorCooper
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** A [[BigbadassBirdofPrey Wedge-Tailed Eagle]] snatched a kangaroo joey that was being [[PetTheDog taken care of by a police officer]] in [[TheWildWest Burringurrah]], [[ThirstyDesert a remote]] [[UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines Aboriginal]] settlement in [[UsefulNotes/AustralianStatesAndTerritories Western Australia]]. [[http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/massive-eagle-snatched-australian-police-officers-adopted-kangaroo--so-he-snatched-it-back-20160503-goli6r.html How did he respond]]? [[BadAss He chased down the eagle to retrieve the joey]], finding that the [[IronWoobie not-yet-dead joey]] was had suffered [[BloodierAndGorier severe wounds by multiple eagles]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Then he took the joey back to the police station to perform first aid on it and nurse it back to health]].

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** A [[BigbadassBirdofPrey Wedge-Tailed Eagle]] snatched a kangaroo joey that was being [[PetTheDog taken care of by a police officer]] in [[TheWildWest Burringurrah]], [[ThirstyDesert a remote]] [[UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines Aboriginal]] settlement in [[UsefulNotes/AustralianStatesAndTerritories Western Australia]]. [[http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/massive-eagle-snatched-australian-police-officers-adopted-kangaroo--so-he-snatched-it-back-20160503-goli6r.html How did he respond]]? [[BadAss He chased down the eagle to retrieve the joey]], joey, finding that the [[IronWoobie not-yet-dead joey]] was had suffered [[BloodierAndGorier severe wounds by multiple eagles]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Then he took the joey back to the police station to perform first aid on it and nurse it back to health]].health.
3rd Jul '16 10:53:40 PM ErikModi
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**** Look at some of the above examples (especially in the Insects and Reptiles category) and think about this a minute. . . someone managed to find an invasive species too poisonous ''[[UpToEleven for Australia!]]''
10th Jun '16 10:00:41 AM MagnusForce
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sepia_apama The Australian Giant Cuttlefish]]: Reaches up to 50 cm in mantle length and weighing as much as 10.5 kg. Found in southern coastal waters from Brisbane to Shark Bay. Won't hurt you unless you're a small fish or crustacean. They're also masters of camouflage and colour change (more impressive when you consider that they're colourblind!).
13th May '16 8:43:19 AM PDL
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** Unlike most of the introduced/feral species on this list, Camels manage to fulfill an environmental niche without severely upsetting the native species. They tend to eat plants that native species won't touch and their soft-padded feet makes soil erosion less likely (Unlike the Brumbies below). It has even been suggested that they could be a replacement for the herbivorous megafauna that used to exist in Australia before they went extinct. However, their biggest issue is the fact that there isn't a naturally occurring predator to keep populations in check, hence the need for culling.
6th May '16 11:50:56 PM CH4S
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** A Wedge-Tailed Eagle snatched a kangaroo joey that was being [[PetTheDog taken care of by a police officer]] in Burringurrah, a remote Aboriginal settlement in Western Australia. [[http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/massive-eagle-snatched-australian-police-officers-adopted-kangaroo--so-he-snatched-it-back-20160503-goli6r.html How did he respond]]? [[Badass He chased down the eagle to retrieve the joey]], finding that the joey was left with [[BloodierAndGorier severe wounds by several eagles]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Then he took the joey back to the police station to perform first aid on it and nurse it back to health]].

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** A [[BigbadassBirdofPrey Wedge-Tailed Eagle Eagle]] snatched a kangaroo joey that was being [[PetTheDog taken care of by a police officer]] in Burringurrah, [[TheWildWest Burringurrah]], [[ThirstyDesert a remote Aboriginal remote]] [[UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines Aboriginal]] settlement in [[UsefulNotes/AustralianStatesAndTerritories Western Australia.Australia]]. [[http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/massive-eagle-snatched-australian-police-officers-adopted-kangaroo--so-he-snatched-it-back-20160503-goli6r.html How did he respond]]? [[Badass [[BadAss He chased down the eagle to retrieve the joey]], finding that the joey [[IronWoobie not-yet-dead joey]] was left with had suffered [[BloodierAndGorier severe wounds by several multiple eagles]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Then he took the joey back to the police station to perform first aid on it and nurse it back to health]].
6th May '16 11:40:04 PM CH4S
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** A Wedge-Tailed Eagle snatched a kangaroo joey that was being [[PetTheDog taken care of by a police officer]] in Burringurrah, a remote Aboriginal settlement in Western Australia. [[http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/massive-eagle-snatched-australian-police-officers-adopted-kangaroo--so-he-snatched-it-back-20160503-goli6r.html How did he respond]]? [[Badass He chased down the eagle to retrieve the joey]], finding that the joey was left with [[BloodierAndGorier severe wounds by several eagles]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Then he took the joey back to the police station to perform first aid on it and nurse it back to health]].
6th May '16 3:19:43 AM Mullane
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** If some weird stuff is found {{only in Florida}}, some [[http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/seal-rides-on-the-back-of-a-whale-on-the-nsw-south-coast-20150916-gjo732.htmlextremely weird animal behaviour was photographed on the South Coast of New South Wales]]. If you didn't click the link, it involves a ''[[RuleOfCool seal riding atop a whale]]''.

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** If some weird stuff is found {{only in Florida}}, some [[http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/seal-rides-on-the-back-of-a-whale-on-the-nsw-south-coast-20150916-gjo732.htmlextremely html extremely weird animal behaviour was photographed on the South Coast of New South Wales]]. If you didn't click the link, it involves a ''[[RuleOfCool seal riding atop a whale]]''.
4th May '16 10:44:24 PM CH4S
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Of course, living in Australia doesn't automatically mean you'll die just by stepping in 100 yards of Oceania. Its relatively just as safe as any other modern country, just with more caution and having to watch where you step in the sand. Also on the bright side, the area between and around {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} and {{UsefulNotes/Melbourne}} has fewer instances of the super deadly wildlife (for example, no box jellyfish, crocodiles, dingos or taipans, [[FalseReassurance but it still has]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking sharks, spiders, other venomous snakes, jellyfish with painful stings and, of course, rabbits]]).

Interesting note: Perhaps due to the beauty and strangeness of native Australian wildlife and plants, Australia has a very large population of environmental activists -- the sane and pragmatic kind, not the [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETA kind]] (mostly). The late [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] and his family are prominent environmentalists who use their shows and zoo to promote the protection of wildlife the world over. [[note]]Well yes, until he was stabbed to death by the very wildlife he was trying to save (to be fair, it was accidental: He startled a stingray, resulting in a ''very'' unlucky one-shot to the chest). But his death created an immense surge of pro-environmental activity that continues to this day.[[/note]]

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Of course, living in Australia doesn't automatically mean you'll die just by stepping in 100 yards of Oceania. Its relatively just as safe as any other modern country, just with more caution and having to watch where you step in the sand. Also on the bright side, the area between and around {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} and {{UsefulNotes/Melbourne}} has fewer instances of the super deadly wildlife (for example, no box jellyfish, crocodiles, dingos or taipans, [[FalseReassurance but it still has]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking sharks, spiders, other venomous snakes, jellyfish with painful stings and, of course, rabbits]]).

rabbits]]). Besides, to actually stand a chance of death by Australian wildlife, one has to either ignore safety instructions and first aid (you will be given first aid, for example, if you get a box jellyfish/stonefish/blue ringed octupus sting at a patrolled beach or one within easy reach of ambulances), enter undisturbed bushland inadequately prepared (though there's plenty of it, "undisturbed bushland" does not include the cities, tourist areas, beaches and farmland) or [[TooDumbToLive both]].

Interesting note: Perhaps due to the beauty and strangeness of native Australian wildlife and plants, Australia has a very large population of environmental activists -- the sane and pragmatic kind, not the [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETA kind]] (mostly). The late [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] and his family are prominent environmentalists who use their shows and zoo to promote the protection of wildlife the world over. [[note]]Well yes, until he was stabbed to death by the very wildlife he was trying to save (to be fair, it was accidental: He startled a stingray, resulting in a ''very'' unlucky [[MillionToOneChance unlucky]] [[CriticalHit one-shot to the chest).chest]]), [[HighPressureBlood the footage of which]] emerged onto the internet [[StreisandEffect despite his wife thinking she destroyed the footage]]. But his death created an immense surge of pro-environmental activity that continues to this day.[[/note]]



** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Oh, and they're not]] [[BearsAreBadNews bears]].



** [[http://www.it4education.at/fubbcontent/lektionen/E/adjectives/adjquiz/whaleshark.jpg Whale Shark]]: The largest living shark, but luckily enough it feeds on plankton. Popular dive attractions off the West Australian Coast though they do appear rarely off the east coast. Known for being actually pretty friendly.

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** [[http://www.it4education.at/fubbcontent/lektionen/E/adjectives/adjquiz/whaleshark.jpg Whale Shark]]: The largest living shark, but luckily enough it feeds on plankton. Popular dive attractions off the West Australian Coast coast of Western Australia, though they do appear rarely off the east coast. Known for being actually pretty friendly.
4th May '16 10:29:14 PM CH4S
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** If some weird stuff is found {{only in Florida}}, some [[http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/seal-rides-on-the-back-of-a-whale-on-the-nsw-south-coast-20150916-gjo732.htmlextremely weird animal behaviour was photographed on the South Coast of New South Wales]]. If you didn't click the link, it involves a ''[[RuleOfCool seal riding atop a whale]]''.



* Though a fungus and not a plant, [[http://www.climatewatch.org.au/species/plants/ghost-fungus the Ghost Fungus]] ''[[BioluminescenceIsCool glows in the dark]]''. Whatever you do, ''[[SchmuckBait don't eat it]]'' (it is a Poison Mushroom despite its close relation to the edible Oyster Mushroom). What's more, it's common on the East Coast between and around {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} and {{UsefulNotes/Melbourne}} ''where people are most likely to encounter it''.

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* Though a fungus and not a plant, [[http://www.climatewatch.org.au/species/plants/ghost-fungus the Ghost Fungus]] ''[[BioluminescenceIsCool glows in the dark]]''. Whatever you do, ''[[SchmuckBait ''[[SincerityMode don't eat it]]'' (it is a Poison Mushroom {{Poison Mushroom}} despite its close relation and similar shape to the edible Oyster Mushroom). What's more, it's common on the East Coast between and around {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} and {{UsefulNotes/Melbourne}} ''where people are most likely to encounter it''.
26th Apr '16 1:26:00 PM PDL
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** [[http://australianmuseum.net.au/image/Shingleback-Tiliqua-rugosa/ Shingleback]] A member of the blue-tongue's family and the bulkiest of them all, though you'd be hard-pressed to recognize the relationship, due to them being covered in bony armor plating that, in some species, makes them look a lot like a walking pine cone. Also known colloquially as sleepy lizards.

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** [[http://australianmuseum.net.au/image/Shingleback-Tiliqua-rugosa/ Shingleback]] A member of the blue-tongue's family and the bulkiest of them all, though you'd be hard-pressed to recognize the relationship, due to them being covered in bony armor plating that, in some species, makes them look a lot like a walking pine cone. Also known colloquially as sleepy lizards. They also give birth to live young and form pair bonds during the mating season.


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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig-nosed_turtle The Pig-nosed turtle]] is a freshwater turtle that have flippers like sea turtles. They spend almost all time in the water and really only come to land to lay their eggs. Their eggs are unique in that not only can they withstand being submerged in water (something that would kill any other egg) but they ''need'' to be in order to hatch. Ensuring that the baby turtles hatch at the correct time during the rainy season.
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