People are afraid of sharks, and they are afraid of people, but sometimes they are eaten
In the center of the reserve, in the area of the already mentioned island of Giron, there is a huge accumulation of sharks. These predators prefer to avoid humans, fearing underwater guns and harpoons. Their gastronomic needs fully satisfy the food waste that is thrown into the sea. They got used to the fact that garbage from the islands was transported by boat, and the sound of the motor for them was like a call to dinner. There are also large sharks scouring along the coast in search of food. They seem aggressive, but nothing really threatens the swimmers. On the contrary, sharks are particularly cautious when they see people, because they often become victims of underwater hunters.
Defenders of the BDB hope that the protected area will be substantially expanded, and, possibly, over time, the entire area of the Great Reef – and this is an area of 200 thousand square kilometers – will become a reserve. The reserve, but – it must be emphasized – not a resort, which implies a relaxed relaxation among vacationers. Not only touching creatures such as koala bears live here. There are also hordes of individuals dangerous to humans, which at any moment can bite, prick or sting.
Zoologists, immunologists, toxicologists pay great attention to the study of this kind of fauna, trying to find effective ways to deal with the poisons secreted by it. Especially dangerous are the northern regions of Australia. Here, in the waters of the Great Reef, stretching for 2,300 kilometers, very insidious marine inhabitants come across. The most terrible of them are chironix, chiropsalmus and chirodropus cubomedusa. Even the names sound creepy, and a personal meeting with them can be fatal.
According to Bruce Cholested, an American specialist in marine biotoxins, who participated in the compilation of Poisonous and Poisonous Sea Animals of Our Planet, the most formidable aquatic animal known to science is the cubomedusa chironix, also called the “deadly wasp”. Death from her burn occurs within 30 seconds. A fatal outcome, even for a healthy and strong person, can result in defeat by chiropsalmus or chirodropus.
The extremely strong and fast-acting toxin of these creatures penetrates the central nervous system and leads to heart paralysis. Once, an unlucky father taught a six-year-old son to swim in these places and did not notice how the sea “wasp” touched the boy. He cried out loudly and died immediately. Doctors believe that the pain caused by a burn of this animal surpasses all other pain sensations that only fall on a person’s lot. True, the bitten themselves cannot tell about this – there are practically no survivors. Queensland Environmental Specialists say no antidote for this species has been found, although work has been going on for a long time.
The invasion of uninvited guests turned out to be especially massive in the spring of 1984, which was associated with a reduction in the number of sea turtles eating jellyfish. The fact is that the local turtle juveniles attract like coastal lights like a magnet. Often this ends tragically: the fire-worshiping turtles die in the surf.
The National Park Service carried out a wide propaganda campaign for the protection of turtles on the island of Giron, where, as we already know, there are especially many of them. Literally next to each switch on the coast there is a poster asking if possible to turn off the lights. The islanders were sympathetic to this call. Even those light sources that cannot be turned off, either tried to block the screen from the sea, or reduce their brightness. And it worked: the number of sea turtles dying on the shore has fallen sharply.
Queensland is known not only for its Great Barrier Reef, but also for the Gold Coast, which lies south of it. This is a true paradise for fans of surfing. However, one must not forget about sharks, which are not at all as harmless here as on Girona. Their aggressive habits have been known for a long time. According to the National Museum of the United States, in recent years alone, more than 1,400 attacks by these predators on humans have been recorded in the world. And quite productive: 477 people died – every third.
Especially dangerous are white predators, reaching a length of eight meters, which scientists call sharks-cannibals. One of them recently attacked an Australian resident Anne Dardin, who had blithely sailed away from the beach. The punishment was terrible: it was literally streaked in front of shocked vacationers.