Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Roped into Risky Business

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Roped into Risky Business

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OVER breakfast, Josh excitedly told his family about the croc encounter. He explained how Paolo had turned as white as a ghost and froze at the sight of the three and a half metre croc thrashing about in the water. It had splashed water everywhere and whacked the side of the boat with its tail, rocking the tinnie and its passengers about. The bucket containing the crabs tipped over scattering its contents out on the floor. After a lot of shouting from Josh, Paolo eventually put the boat in to motion and sped away from the scene. Josh's father listened to the story with interest and suggested that he and Josh take another look on dusk. He thought it sounded like a female that may have been nesting close by. They were very protective of their offspring and could be very aggressive if felt threatened. He would put a warning sign up at the marina letting people know about the sighting.

Joanne couldn't believe it. The morning she decides not to go out on the river something exciting happens. Even though she knew crocs could be very dangerous and been taught to steer clear of them, the opportunity to see one up close and in motion would have been unreal. She had drawn pictures of these amazing creatures in their watery habitat a the ones she'd seen lurking patiently beneath the surface of the water with only its nostrils and eyes visible or the occasional one sun-baking on the banks of the river. Perhaps she would see something equally amazing on the trip she and Josh had planned for the afternoon. After doing their morning chores around the house and marina, Josh and Joanne filled a couple of backpacks with the essentials and headed off .This is what the thirteen-year-olds loved about living in Wooloo. The opportunity to explore their surrounds was endless. Under strict instructions from their mum to wear their helmets at all times, stick together, watch out for dangers and keep an eye on the unpredictable weather, the twins took to the road. …

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