D179. Feb 25. Chasing Koalas on Magnetic Island

I’ve reached Townsville to better leave it and enter Magnetic Island as soon as possible. Behind that enigmatic name, 52 km2 of a mountainous land covered with forests and hosting the largest concentration of koalas in Australia. Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 14.24.47

Captain Cook first discovered this place in 1770. He believed the island possessed a magnetic force that caused interference with his compass!Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 14.25.10Nope, this is not the famous Lost hatch. It was built during WWII to protect the coast from attacks…

Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 14.25.23The island is not highly populated…

Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 14.26.15It even looks abandoned sometimes…

Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 14.28.13We cannot swim, as the sea is infested with deadly jelly fish. This land seems to be as inhospitable as the others…

Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 14.21.46So, here we are: exploring the island under a heavy sun,  walking through stiff paths, looking for koalas.

Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 13.51.57Not an easy task. They are grey, the trunks are grey, it’s gonna be challenging. For example, look at the above picture. You don’t see anything ? Look closer. Look better. He is here, somewhere. Yes, him, THE koala ! Let’s zoom a bit…

Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 13.54.33

Aren’t they cute ?Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 13.54.14

Though, let me tell you that they are only cute. I’ll quote the Lonely Planet here. But watch out, when reading the following paragraph, you’re gonna be devastated…

Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 13.52.30
“If you look in a koala’s eye, it seems as if nobody is home. And this in fact is near the truth. Several years ago, biologists announced that koalas are the only living creatures that have brains that don’t fit their skulls. Instead they have a walnut of a brain that rattles around in a fluid-filled cranium”. Some scientists believe this is because these organs are so soft.

Capture d’écran 2014-02-25 à 13.55.09Still. So cute.
Tomorrow, I’ll show you even more cute creatures… This was only the beginning of our discoveries on the mystical Magnetic Island…

One thought on “D179. Feb 25. Chasing Koalas on Magnetic Island

  1. salut steph , trop trop mignon . tes belles photos nous transportent tous les jours à l’autre bout de la terre . cela fait du bien à tout le monde qui te suit . bonne continuation Bizoux :-)

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