Thursday, September 27, 2012

This Week's Australian Wildlife

In the news this week:

Parts of the Great Barrier Reef are now available on Google Street View. Check out some great underwater shots here. I'm hoping to make a snorkeling trip up there in December.

The only documented albino humpback is swimming by Australia right now. I remember quite a few toasted conversations with my best friends in college about the beauty of whales. They are freaking magical. Meet Migaloo.

I pass this butcher on my bus route almost every day. I have yet to try kangaroo, crocodile, emu, or any other Australian game... 
Kangaroo, Crocodile, Wild Boar, Venison, Rabbit
This big fellow was spotted creeping across our living room floor. Please be assured there was a lot of yelling, running around, and uncontrollable shudders. My housemate captured it and placed it in the back yard. I'm pretty sure someone slept with the light on that night. It was my first experience with the notorious spiders of Australia.

Spider #1.

And then this happened the next day:

The same housemate captured a dying spider that was hanging out in our grill. He put it in a big tupperware container and when he came back a few minutes later there were, what appeared to be, TWO SPIDERS.

Spider #2

The even bigger spider was in the process of shedding its exoskeleton when captured. It was quite terrifying and we still don't know what to do with it.

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