beware of the fish
Since I live in Australia, I have only just recieved my copy of issue 40 and I was horrified at the photo of the box jellyfish. It’s a beautiful photo, but given that the photographer is from Spain and the photo taken in South Africa, he can probably be forgiven for not knowing these creatures are deadly. There are a number of species of these jellyfish, but those that inhabit many tropical waters are extremely dangerous. In anticipation of visitors to Australia who tote cameras, I’d like to say that besides our more well-known terrestrial nasties, they should be aware that our rivers and oceans also have sea snakes, cone shells, stonefish, box jellyfish, Portuguese mano-war, salt water crocodiles and rays. When travellers are visiting countries that are new to them, please ensure that homework is done before travelling and taking images.
Dianne Tattersall, via email Great advice Dianne. We all chase the perfect shot, and sometimes without enough concern for our own wellbeing. Take heed, adventurous photogs, do your homework and don’t get stung!
Our image in issue 40 showed the beautiful, but deadly, box jellyfish