On Sunday we decided to have a family day out. So my wife and I and my son and daughter headed for Wet and Wild, a water park on the Gold Coast. It’s very rare that all four of us go out together on account of the fact that my son, aged 22, stayed in the UK when we decided to move here. He is just here on a visit at the moment. My daughter, on the other hand, chose to come with us – a smart move for a 3 year old.
Yes, I know. Big gap between my two children. But I just thought it was best to wait until my son had finished school, cleared college and left home before jumping in and having a second child.
At the entrance, Wet and Wild made it clear what they are photography policy was. “All pictures taken within of these premises must be for personal use only and are strictly for non-commercial use”. So I won’t be blogging about wet and wild, which is probably good because I promised you I would start talking this week about Australia’s bad things.
But visiting wet and wild did remind me of some wet and wild intruders I found in my swimming pool………….
Last summer I was doing my weekly maintenance to the pool, which starts with fishing out the leaves with my net. Suddenly I saw an ugly creature swimming in my pool doing what looked like an up and under and having a wonderful time.
So I fished it out and dumped it on the side.
I carried on looking for leaves and what the……. I saw another one! So I fished him out too. I put my daughters’ pink bucket over them and headed for my computer. And that’s when I found out they were actually Water Scorpions, capable of giving you a nasty bite.
So I went back and picked them up (on a bit of card, I’m not into nasty bites) and put them in an old roasted nuts and raisins jar, as you do. Then I took some video footage.
Having been here no more than a few months, I showed my video to the local pool shop man confident he’d know what they are, after all, he maintains over 4,000 pools in the area. But he had never seen anything like them, so I guess they’re unusual around here. Lucky, lucky me I thought.
So these two Water Scorpions were intruders, trespassers on my land. I have had a lot of those. I have tried to take photos of most of them and I intend to share them with you here. The most common intruders are insects, spiders and bugs. Least common are crocodiles. There’s a whole host of Australian bad things that fall in between.
As far as Australian bad things go, these two weren’t so bad. They never looked like coming close to giving me a nip. I hope you appreciate how I am easing you into the bad stuff. It will build up though, until I reveal Australia’s truest nightmare!
Watch out for more trespassers and intruders soon.
Please note: No water Scorpions were harmed in any way during the making of my video. Having discovered that these things are just as comfortable flying as they are swimming, I decided to give them their freedom. On condition they stay out of my pool! I took them to a nearby field and released them into the wild. Even though they seize passing small animals in their forelegs and kill them, which of course, isn’t very friendly. Turn the other cheek, that’s what I say.