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Cuttlefish and Cold Water

One of the Three Dives for the day.

One of the Three Dives for the day.

As I mentioned in another post,  the Royal Flying Doctors Service (Support) were catering for a three day diving course about 3 million miles out of town, in the middle of nowhere, right next to the sea and very little shelter. Man it was cold. Well, ok, a slight exaggeration on the millage, but it was a long way out of town. The dive was organised by the  “Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries  (EMS) Group” to view the  Giant Cuttlefish  in their

Giant Cuttlefish

Giant Cuttlefish

natural environment and to give people the opportunity to interact with them. The water in this part of the gulf is very clear and most people used a boogie board to allow them to get face down in the water  and a snorkel  for air. The more adventurous had weights and got down among the creatures – there were hundreds of them. They are a strange creature – weird looking with the ability to change colour at will to attract females.    The EMS Group kept trying to persuade  us to leave the catering Gazebo, don a wet suit and get into the freezing cold water. Oh did I ever mention that I do not have masochistic tendencies, plus the fact that it was quite cold enough where we were thank you. I actually would have  gone with them but not without any preparation – like very warm clothes to change into  and a cup of our own hot soup afterwards. They are going to run the course again next year so I may well take the opportunity to go out with them then. Also this is the first time we have been involved with this and we didn’t know what would be required. Next year we will be better organised. Like with the Operators- Advertising was not all that great and on the first day people bought their own food because they didn’t know we would be there. Apart from hot food we also provided, hot tea, coffee, chocolate and hot soup. There were three dives each day – 10am / 12 noon / 3pm. It was cold and colder when the wind

It was a very cold day at nowhere.

It was a very cold day at nowhere.

was coming off the water. The Cuttlefish mate in the cold water during winter.

The election goes on and will continue for some time yet. We still have no outcome although it is looking more likely that the government will survive – just – and that it may well have a workable majority although the wheeling and dealing with the independents continues.

I did say that the rain had passed and it has – sort of. It’s still wet but the rain has been reduced to a drizzle with the odd overnight shower, which means that garden work is mostly out for the moment. The army are still here and we have a group catering for them at their camp in Jubilee Park.  I don’t have  anything to do until Saturday week.

The WaWa continues to attack Benji and Benji will not defend himself. Annabell and I have decided that  if Sooah does not return to Australia, then we cannot keep the WaWa. It would not be fair on BJ. The WaWa is a friendly, playful little thing and is all over me when I come home after being out for a few hours. I can play with her and I can “fight”with her, but she hates BJ with a passion. I also have a fear that BJ will snap and retaliate and really cause some serious injury – and that bothers me more than a little because a snap and injury could well change the whole nature of Benji and I really don’t want that to happen. And to make matters worse, Sooah has not been in contact with us so we really don’t know what is happening.

Since writing this Sooah has been in contact with us and we now know what is happening. Her husband is still working on brushing up his English and should be good enough to get through

Benji & The WaWa

Benji & The WaWa

the English Test and all being well she hopes to be back in Australia by October of this year – or very shortly afterwards.  That’s fine and gives us something to work towards. I have also been to see the Vet and sometimes next week  we will get the WaWa up there and perhaps see if we can get a muzzle small enough as a temporary measure and protect Benji. Meanwhile we have a  water spray bottle to use, also as a temporary measure. We have tried that already and she definitely does not like that.

 

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7 comments on “Cuttlefish and Cold Water

  1. That look on Benji’s face is just heartbreaking. Who knew such a tiny Wawa could cause so much pain?

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  2. Yes and we are trying as best we can to protect him. But he follows me and if I go near Annabell, the WaWa will attack. According to the vet the WaWa is very jealous and wants Annabell all to herself, so it’s a worry.

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  3. the cuttlefish is sure interesting, but I’m not sure if I would visit this guy in that cold water :o) I cross my paws that you can avoid bad things till october and we hope so much that the wa-wa will not turn into a war-war….

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    • Thank you Easy – yes the water was very cold and it is still the middle of winter here. Keep your paws crossed for Benji and we hope things will sort out in October or shortly after.

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  4. With yet another week of +90 temps, we might be tempted to trade you for that cold water. ;)
    We continue to keep our fingers and paws crossed that the whole Wa-Wa business ends soon. For Benji’s sake, I hope you keep the quirt bottle close by and hope he doesn’t get too traumatized by it’s snarling, huffy presence. :)

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  5. Make that ‘squirt’ bottle. Looks like my laptop keys are sticking. Sorry ’bout that.😆

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    • We have temps like that to look forward to. The strange thing is that I actually like the WaWa – she is a funny, friendly, playful little thing, but she hates Benji and the Vet has said that he believes it is a jealousy thing and difficult to control. We will be there again tomorrow and see about the smallest of muzzles as a temporary measure. The squire bottle chases her away, but it does not deter her – she comes right back again.

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