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Something to consider before traveling Down Under....

Postby Dan74 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:04 pm

DROP BEARS TARGET PEOPLE with foreign accents more often than those who are Australian-born, according to new research.

By-products of the interaction between chemicals found in Vegemite and those found in human sweat repel drop bears,” Volker says. “Most Australians eat Vegemite at least once a day, so they permanently exude these chemicals through their skin and are thus protected.


http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/drop-bears-prefer-travellers-says-study.htm
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Re: Something to consider before traveling Down Under....

Postby pilgrim » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:12 pm

Racist bears... But I think such behaviour happens about once a year.
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Re: Something to consider before traveling Down Under....

Postby Ben » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:13 pm

Thanks Dan.
Its good to be reminded of this, especially on the eve of another field trip into the wilderness. However, I think I should be right as I will be spending most of my time in the treeless alpine heathland around Cradle.
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Re: Something to consider before traveling Down Under....

Postby Dan74 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:33 pm

Ben wrote:Thanks Dan.
Its good to be reminded of this, especially on the eve of another field trip into the wilderness. However, I think I should be right as I will be spending most of my time in the treeless alpine heathland around Cradle.
kind regards,

Ben


Just in case, stock up on vegemite before you go, Ben.
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Re: Something to consider before traveling Down Under....

Postby BlackBird » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:56 pm

Hahaha

Thylarctos plummetus

Koalas are pretty cute.

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Re: Something to consider before traveling Down Under....

Postby Ben » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:41 pm

Dan74 wrote:
Ben wrote:Thanks Dan.
Its good to be reminded of this, especially on the eve of another field trip into the wilderness. However, I think I should be right as I will be spending most of my time in the treeless alpine heathland around Cradle.
kind regards,

Ben


Just in case, stock up on vegemite before you go, Ben.


Thanks Dan. The vegemite has been packed.
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Re: Something to consider before traveling Down Under....

Postby Dan74 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:50 pm

We just got back from Yackandandah visiting friends. No drop bear casualties thankfully, but I did come back green. With envy that is, for the majestic countryside that those folks live with. As an avid nature and landscape photographer there is nothing that compares in town to the Alpine country. Probably similar in Tassie. I suspect that if I go I would not want to come back.

You are lucky to be living is such a place...
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Re: Something to consider before traveling Down Under....

Postby Ben » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:00 pm

Dan74 wrote:We just got back from Yackandandah visiting friends. No drop bear casualties thankfully, but I did come back green. With envy that is, for the majestic countryside that those folks live with. As an avid nature and landscape photographer there is nothing that compares in town to the Alpine country. Probably similar in Tassie. I suspect that if I go I would not want to come back.


You should come regardless, Dan.
This is one of the best times of year to visit the Tasmanian alpine areas with Nothofagus gunnii (Australia's only deciduous plant) changing colour. And the light atm is incredible. I have not seen fagus it except in books so I am excited to go tomorrow. Plus, we are spending three days with a renowned botanist identifying many of the endemic flora in the Cradle Mountain National Park.
Should be fun.
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Re: Something to consider before traveling Down Under....

Postby Buckwheat » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:19 pm

Wow, Ben. I am shocked that Australia has only one deciduous plant.

Have a great time!
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Re: Something to consider before traveling Down Under....

Postby Dan74 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:55 am

Buckwheat wrote:Wow, Ben. I am shocked that Australia has only one deciduous plant.

Have a great time!


Did you get to see it, Ben?

Yes, next destination is likely to be Tassie.

To be honest, I didn't know this fact, but there are sure plenty of introduced deciduous trees around, though not as many as before due to water shortages (they need to be watered).
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