Wonderful Wednesday Wildlife Window

The University of Queensland researchers were brought into ‘Australia’s Jurassic Park’, more than five years ago by the aboriginal Goolarabooloo community.

“Nowhere else in the world has as many dinosaurs represented by track that Walmadany does,” Steve Salisbury, a paleontologist at The University of Queensland and lead author of the study, says in a video describing the area.

Included among those many dinosaur tracks is the largest dinosaur footprint ever found. At approximately 1.75 meters long (about 5 feet, 9 inches), the track came from some sort of giant sauropod, a long-necked herbivore.

Thousands of approximately 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints are embedded in a stretch of land that can only be studied at low tide.

Dampier Peninsula

“Your journey takes you to the Dampier Peninsula, through Pindan bush, open woodland through to beaches, tidal flats and the mangrove creeks of the Indian Ocean and King Sound. Here is a place waiting to be explored: the red earth landscape, the unspoiled beaches – leave the everyday behind and be guided by your sense of adventure.

For a unique, immersive experience, take a tour with a local Aboriginal guide to sample bush foods, catch mud crabs, or learn the local craft of spear making. You can also discover the surrounding waters, filled with fish, turtles, dugongs, dolphins, and whales coming home.” Visit Broome

Video: Jurassic Park: World’s largest ever dinosaur footprint found in western Australia

 

 

Woman Takes Cruise With $100k Stolen From Bank Account

Initially, it appeared be a banking error, when $100,000 landed in a Sydney, Australia woman’s bank account. But, quickly police discovered  the spending spree which included a cruise, was not after her bank made an error and deposited $100,000 into her bank account, instead of a Maryborough, Australia pharmacy’s bank account.

She was part of phishing scam.  Wendy Janine Baulch  spent $60,000 having a good time. She used the money to fly to Florida and take a luxury cruise from Miami to Sydney.

In the beginning it looked like Australian retailer Pharmacy4Less mistakenly deposited the cash into Baulch’s account on December 31, 2014. She quickly booked a cruise and sailed the high seas on a 30-day cruise aboard Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Amsterdam.

But, as the story unfolds, defense lawyer Howard Posner said, “The proposition is that she was a small cog in a large machine and a mule, but that she dipped her fingers into that till more than she should have done,” Mr Posner said. “It’s not that she spent her ill-gotten gains; it’s that she stole from the thieves.”

She also booked another cruise from Sydney to Rangoon, Burma, but was arrested right before she boarded. Baulch was arrest in Sydney before being extradited to Queensland where she was charged with fraud and computer hacking related offences. She spent two nights behind bars before being released on bail.

When she appeared in court, Magistrate Wendy Cull ordered Ms Baulch to surrender her passport to police and ordered her to not apply for an exit visa to leave Australia.

Police opposed her bail on the grounds she was a flight risk but Magistrate Wendy Cull agreed to release her from custody on condition she surrender her passport and report weekly to police.

During her bail application, duty lawyer Howard Posner said the allegations seemed to show Baulch was a minor player in a larger Phishing criminal group and this was not just an unfortunate bank error.

Cruise Ship Sydney Australia Skinny Dip Event

The annual Sydney Skinny Swim was held on Sunday March 19, 2016 from 8:00 to 3:00.

The Sydney Skinny is an annual event,  held for the fifth year in 2017.  The event website says, “The swim is not a competition, nor is it timed. Swimmers set off in waves with a flash of exhilaration and the sheer enjoyment of a lovely swim.”

The annual event is held at Cobbler’s Beach in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 11 kilometer from the Overseas Cruise Terminal in Sydney.

The Sydney Skinny swim is a short 900 meter swim, around a diamond shaped course in the calm and sheltered waters of Middle Head – Sydney Harbour National Park.

An event you would only find in Australia, cruise passengers could attend the event then sail away on a South Pacific cruise. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Explorer of the Seas was in port that day, departing on an 11 Night South Pacific Cruise  at 18:30 hours.  It was perfect timing to take the morning charity fundraiser dip, then embark on a luxury South Pacific Cruise.

Track Explore of the Seas – on our Live Cruise Ship Tracker

Where – Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park, Australia.

Charity Event: This year our chosen charity Partners are again, the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW) and our new Partner, Charlie Teo’s Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

Age restrictions – All participants must be over 18 years of age to swim Skinny.

Start time – Event site opens at 8am and we’ll be finishing up at 3pm.

Swim time – Swimmers will select the wave they want to swim in, with waves starting at 8.45am.

Website: www.thesydneyskinny.com.au

Video: Swimmers bare it all for the annual Sydney Skinny Charity  Event

Australian Restaurant Waitress Wrestles Goanna Lizard

Mimosa Cottages and Mimosa Wines and Drystone Restaurant located in Bunga via Bermagui in New South Wales, Australia offers quiet solitude and serves up wine and great food with entertainment. The 200 acre property lies in a coastal valley between pristine beaches and national parks.

Mimosa Cottages has two cottages available for holiday rentals, nestled in the heart of the Sapphire Coast, Mimosa lies at Bunga midway between the coastal townships of Bermagui and Tathra. Each cottage has an unique personality. Both have wood burning fireplaces (wood supplied) and are fully furnished and equipped.

The smaller cottage, constructed from rammed earth is romantically situated overlooking the vineyard and is perfect for couples or a small family. The larger cottage, a charmingly renovated old style farmhouse, sleeping up to 9 guests is nestled alongside picturesque Brockellos Creek.

The Drystone Restaurant on the Mimosa Wine property serves lunch or dinner on the deck overlooking the mountains. The live entertainment is typically an unexpected goanna.

The goanna is a type of Australian monitor lizard, which plays a large role in Aboriginal mythology and Australian folklore. They can range in size from seven inches to eight-feet-long. The goanna is a predatory lizard which is carnivorous with sharp teeth and claws and are not afraid of people. The make a hissing sound  and will flick their forked tongue at you if they feel threatened.

A French waitress, Samia Lila got customer’s attention when she drug out a hungry goanna by the tail at Drystone Restaurant, as seen in this video.

Cruise Ship Explosion While Docked in Port

Cruise Ship Explosion While Docked in Port

Cruise Ship Explosion While Docked in Port

Cruise Ship Fires: Explosion aboard the Princess Cruises #cruise ship Emerald Princess damaged stern of the ship and kills one.

Around 5:00, on Thursday, February 9, 2017, Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess cruise had an explosion, which damaged the stern of the cruise ship. One crew member was killed during the explosion.

The explosion which was heard miles away, brought fears of a terror attack at the port. Early report say a 45kg gas bottle reportedly exploded and flew through the air.

 

Crew Member Refusing Sex Stabbed to Death

Pretty P & O Cruises Australia crew member Katy Rouke, from Scotland was brutally murdered after she refused to have sex with her attacker.

Katy Rourke, 25, from Broughty Ferry, Dundee, worked as a crew member aboard P & O Cruises Australia ships. Officers were called to an address on Minto Street in Glasgow at 5 pm on Wednesday December 30, 2015, and police have begun a murder investigation.

Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths website.

AU Bomb Scare Cruise Ship and Ferry Evacuated

Cruise Ship Fires: #Cruise Ship  Noordam and #ferry Spirit of Tasmania were both evacuated in Melbourne, #Australia after a police dog alerted for a #bomb while sniffing a pallet of groceries on the dock.

As Noordam and Spirit of Tasmania docked in Melbourne, Australia a bomb scare forced the evacuation.
Holland America Line Noordam and Spirit of Tasmania were both evacuated by Victoria Police on Friday, November 20, 2015, after bomb sniffing dogs alert and a suspicious package was found at Station Pier in Melbourne, Australia shorted after noon.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is the center of Cruise Ship Deaths Awareness month, reminding everyone to stay safe.

May is Cruise Ship Deaths Awareness Month

May is Cruise Ship Deaths Awareness Month,designated May 1, 2015 by CruiseShipDeaths.com. May has been designated Cruise Ship Deaths Awareness month because it’s the not only the kickoff of the cruise ship vacationing season in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s also the month with the most amount of notable cruise ship deaths.

Notable Cruise Ship Deaths in the month of May total 28 through 2014 which includes Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is the second Monday in May in 85 nations including most English speaking nations including Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and United States as well as many nations in the Caribbean, Europe and South America. Mother Day is also celebrated in May on the first Monday in May in six nations including Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Romania, Spain.

It’s also the month the USA celebrates Memorial Day and Mexico celebrates Cinco de Mayo.

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Heros: Carnival Corp Brings Hope

Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu. Carnival Corp donates $300k,   including $150k from Chairman Micky Arison, 4 #cruise ships deliver aid.

Heroes: Carnival Corp Brings Hope To Devastated Vanuatu

When category 5 cyclone Pam hit the Vanuatu islands, flattening them, their isolated location in the South Pacific, made rescue and recovery a huge challenge, with only a few industrialized, nearby nations able to offer massive assistance quickly.

As days went by, without contact with many of archipelago’s 82 islands which comprise Vanuatu, a massive relief effort was actually underway. Staging of relief supplies in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia had begun with the first wave of relief supplies, 30 tons of emergency being assembled for humanitarian aid.

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Cruise Ship Chef Murders Cooks Wife

Cruise Ship Deaths: Cruise ship chef  Marcus Peter Volke murders, cooks, fellow cruise ship chef, transgender, shemale escort wife Mayang Prasetto.

Mayang Prasetyo, 27, from Lampung, Indonesia, a transgender woman born as a man, worked on a cruise ship when she met her cruise ship chef boyfriend from Australia, Marcus Peter Volke, 28, soon to be husband, when they both were employed aboard a cruise ship sailing in Europe back in 2013.

More on the Cruise Ship Deaths website.

Cruise Ship Passenger Smuggles Cocaine In Lava Lamp

Customs agents discovered a volcanic eruption when drug dogs alerted to cocaine when sniffing a cruise ship passenger’s luggage. The agents discovered the liquid inside a lava lamp, actually contained 1.5 liters of liquid cocaine. The case of Ishrat Habib, 22, who was arrested for importing cocaine is unusual to say the least.

Israt Habib, 22, from Birmingham, United Kingdom was arrested and charged with importing drugs into Sydney, Australia after the cruise ship she was a passenger aboard sailed from New Caledonia to Sydney Australia with cocaine in her luggage.

The cruise ship she was cruising aboard was Oceania Cruises’ Oceania Marina, which arrived at Sydney on February 23, 2014.

Habib was chosen for baggage examination by custom agents. Her bag triggered an alert for cocaine when a drug dog was brought to her luggage. She was charged with smuggling 1. 5 litres of liquid cocaine inside the liquid of a lava lamp which was discovered when she was searched by customs officers at the White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney.

Ishrat Habib faces a potential sentence of 25 years in prison and or a fine of up to $850,000 if convicted. She is due back in The Central Criminal Court on April 23, 2014.