DID YOU KNOW?
● Though Trugernanner (Truganini 1812–1876) or Fanny Cochrane Smith (1834–-1905) were believed to be the last full-blood Tasmanian Aborigines, the local indigenous bloodline did not die with them, as sometimes thought. In the early 1800s, European sealers worked the smaller islands in Bass Strait. They saw how skilful Aboriginal women were at catching and killing seals. Sealers bartered, married or abducted Aboriginal women to boost their production. Tasmanian Aborigines can trace their ancestry back to many of these women.
● Lichens give the granite boulders in the Bay of Fires their distinctive colour. Lichens are a mix of algae and fungi living in symbiosis.
● The footprints of a Tasmanian devil look like a surprised face – with the front paws stepping out, one at a time, and the back paws jumping together.
● Devil poo is furry because the scavenger eats fur and all.
● Wombat poo is cube shaped.
● Some sharks and skates lay eggs or ‘mermaid purses’ that attach to the kelp. Some look like the heads of two rhinoceros beetles stuck together, others like pods with curled tendrils.
● Cook’s spinach tastes like salty capsicum and Captain Cook used it to prevent scurvy in his crew.
● The base of sword sedge tastes like leek.
● The conical sand snail uses a rasp-like tongue coated with small teeth to drill holes in bivalve mollusc shells. It injects an acidic enzyme to liquefy the creature inside then absorbs the contents.