be­ware of the fish

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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

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