Brisbane, Australia and a few others!

John’s last shore excursion, Feb 14, 2020. We flew out of Darwin Australia to LAX, Feb 29th.
Helen and Peter Ritson with Kathy and Ed Fronheiser, shipmates. Helen and Peter live in Brisbane and were shipmates till LAX. It was good to see them again at this park.
Australia has quite a few unusual animals native only to this area. This certainly is one of them. The platypus is a duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed, egg-laying aquatic creature native to Australia. It is one of the few living mammals to produce venom. While the venom’s effects are described as excruciatingly painful, it is not lethal to humans, but has been known to kill a dog. The echidna and the platypus are the only egg-laying mammals found only in Australia and New Guinea. Sorry but he would not pose for a picture for me 😉
Australian Water Dragon, sometimes a pet!!

In northern Australia, a didgeridoo is a wind instrument made by Aborigines from fallen eucalyptus branches or trunks that had been naturally hollowed out by termites. They cut off the bark, smooth and paint them. It is their haunting sound that has been identified for thousands of years.

Only shot of Darwin… Nice Crocodile Vest!! He was my Crocodile Dundee 😉