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Seal Swim - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
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Seal Swim
We did our seal swim on the weekend. It was pretty amazing - the seals alone were fantastic, but as an avid water-lover, being in a pool of that depth, size and clarity was bloody good fun too. I got in trouble for diving down without using a guide rope. I just got overexcited!

We each got to play with one of the younger seals with a strap thing... basically, a large-scale, muscular and water-bound version of the "mouse onna string" game you play with cats. Those seals are STRONG!


Derek Zoolander's Society for Really Ridiculously Good-Looking People.


We're not screaming, we're trying to be sharks.


My new best friend. Sorry Hammond, Damo, you couldn't possibly be this fabulous.


MY NEW WORST ENEMY.


Just like a big, wet cat!


O HAI U GAIS!


We were also planning on seeing the Scary Monument To Steve Irwin, but the day was sadly cut short. Next time!



Joe requested that I post this link to a video he took of the seals. The point of the clip is not so much the video (though it's very pretty to watch) but the music he's put to it - it's a piece he wrote for Cherax the Destructor, the little pet crayfish we had when we lived at Bond Street. Of all Joe's songs, this is one of my favourites - it sums up perfectly the slow-moving, quirky, and strangely beautiful nature of Cherax.

In other news, one of our hermit crabs at work got attacked by another shortly after his moult. The wound appears to be infected and the infection is visibly spreading (dark discolouration of his flesh under his exoskeleton). We've isolated him and are bathing him in antibiotics and salt as recommended by the hermit crab websites, but it's not looking too good for him. Still, given how hermit crabs are invariably treated when they're collected and shipped, it's amazing that we've only had one get ill so far - the death-rates of store-bought herms I'm reading about online tend to be higher.

In a circle-of-life-ish twist, we got two new small herms to add to the tank today. JB named them "Thunder" and "Lightning". They appear to have ADHD.

Also, I has a shiny new netbook. <3 Transferring all old eeePC files over tonight, then - those who expressed interest take note - it's up for grabs to whomever gets in first.

Oh yeah, and the other day Joe and I drew faces on a carton of eggs. We used the eggs over the next few days until just one was left. Joe opened the fridge one morning and the precariously-placed container slipped, and... well, this:



That facial expression turned out to be prophetic.
25 have fought ~ fight the power!
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tania From: tania Date: January 21st, 2009 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
It's made of pure white stone, is a little larger-than-life (just enough to be spooky) and everyone has pupil-less staring eyes. Oh, and it's of Steve AND his kids. If you thought Bindi was an odd-looking child in the flesh, you should see her in oversized white marble form. D:
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tania From: tania Date: January 21st, 2009 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha! You should have seen what we DIDN'T catch on film. ;) But there was more than what's posted here in my Facebook gallery. At any rate, I think you'll enjoy this:

singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: January 21st, 2009 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Neat!

Do hermit crabs have much in the way of personality and intelligence?
tania From: tania Date: January 21st, 2009 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about intelligence, but they do seem to have distinct 'basic' personalities - ie, Shy, Outgoing, Aggressive, etc. :) They're entertaining as all heck to watch in action. Fantastic climbers and very social!
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: January 21st, 2009 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
They've always seemed to have personality, when I've had a little chat with one that I've found. Some pop right out and look inquisitive; some wave their claws around yelling, "C'mon, c'mon, put up yer dukes!"; and some disappear into their shell, and some peek out and slowly emerge.
tania From: tania Date: January 21st, 2009 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
They make very charming pets. :) I highly recommend them, though include a warning that they're are certainly not low-maintenance (cats are far, far easier to look after!) and all the supplies needed for them add up to quite an expense.
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: January 21st, 2009 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
You're talking to someone who has spent at least $1000 on vet visits for the 30 fish in the past twelve months and who is now eschewing overnight trips for the next three months because I have to give a goldfish daily antibiotic injections.
tania From: tania Date: January 21st, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then hermit crabs are the pet for YOU! ;D
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: January 21st, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I actually don't want more complication in my life. :-)
tania From: tania Date: January 22nd, 2009 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I'm not surprised. :) I found your fish and lizard tales very entertaining, by the way.
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: January 22nd, 2009 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. :-)
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: January 21st, 2009 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
HOLY CRUSTACEANS, BATMAN, THAT'S A BIGASS CRAB :O
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: January 21st, 2009 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Also: That music was absolutely beautiful. I wish I could get an mp3 of it.
tania From: tania Date: January 21st, 2009 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Joe has one - what's your email addie? I'm sure he won't mind sending it to you. I'm always telling him he should do a CD of his music but he's a bit unsure on the idea, I think...
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: January 21st, 2009 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
stokerbramwell@gmail.com :D
ruggels From: ruggels Date: January 21st, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed on theMusic as well Nice little piece. very .. wattery? :-) I'd like a copy as well, please.

Scott
macbeemer From: macbeemer Date: January 21st, 2009 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
That picture of the egg actually made me laugh out loud. Amazing.

Man, that seal swim sounds SO cool. And Y HALO THAR 2nd from the left! You a single Derek Zoolander Society member? Hmm?
tania From: tania Date: January 21st, 2009 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
*dies laughing* Y HALO THAR from the left is my partner Joe, and his head is going to fill the room when I tell him of your interest. :D Sadly, the other two gentlemen in the photograph are dating... each other. ;)
macbeemer From: macbeemer Date: January 21st, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL. Well, bummer. And here I was just dreaming of a trans-one-continent-and-the-Pacific love affair... ;)
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tania From: tania Date: January 21st, 2009 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* I hope you start to improve soon, darl, being sick on your birthday is just Not On. I shake my fist at the universe in general! >:O

Swimming in water of that depth was very emotionally and physically therapeutic- I wonder why nobody has thought to build pools (for public use) of that depth?
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tania From: tania Date: January 21st, 2009 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
If there are pools that deep in Brisbane we need to go more!

You should send your musics to the charming gentleman two threads above. :D
quietfire_ From: quietfire_ Date: January 21st, 2009 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG DUDE, that crap wants to like eat your face D=

that thing scares the crap out of me
_graywolf_ From: _graywolf_ Date: January 21st, 2009 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)
GORGEOUS music to that video :D
25 have fought ~ fight the power!