18/05/13 7:59 AMFremantlebiz - Paul's Letter from AustraliaPage 1 of 2http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2013/05/14/
Fremantlebiz - Paul's Letter from Australia
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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Jill has an application on her iPhone called
which when switched on provides a pretty detailedtracking map of our daily wanderings around Rottnest Island. Yesterday it confirmed we had done 24km onour bikes riding to and from Cape Vlamingh on the western end of the island. The west end is where you lookseaward and realise that the next stop is Africa. In the first pic above Jill is looking for marine wildlife througha newly mounted pair of free tourist binoculars recently installed by the island authority. On the right is a picof seals loafing at nearby Cathedral Rock. There were only about two dozen animals we could count, muchless than the 60 or so I described on September 23rd, 2011. (http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2011/09/23/)I wonder if the increase of white pointer shark sightings and attacks on humans in our region over the pastcouple of years is linked to the decline in seal numbers?The larger pic is a poignant reminder that there is more serious business constantly going on in our oceanregion. Jill gets the credit for taking this superb image of an Australian Collins Class submarine passingRottnest yesterday to begin a patrol doing whatever it is that subs do best. I think Jill’s picture capturesperfectly the loneliness of submarine work on a very large and easily dangerous ocean. The dedicated womenand men who crew Australian submarines are constant heroes, and this picture is our salute to them.© MMXIII Paul R. Weaver.
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