D180. Feb 26. A Hell of a Town… sville !

Capture d’écran 2014-02-26 à 23.28.08 Townsville is a very charming little burgh set in between the Pacific Ocean and Mounts.

Capture d’écran 2014-02-26 à 23.29.15A quiet and peaceful place where you might expect everyone to be outside from sunshine to sunset, wearing outdoor clothing all year long. Nope.

Capture d’écran 2014-02-26 à 23.33.54Beaches are empty, the sea is empty, the sea water swimming pool is empty – even closed actually.

Capture d’écran 2014-02-26 à 23.33.41So bay watchers don’t have much to watch. Though, threat is everywhere.

Capture d’écran 2014-02-26 à 23.32.36Jelly fishes, locally called stingers, are numerous in those hot waters and kill with no doubt.

Capture d’écran 2014-02-26 à 23.28.50There are vinegar bottles everywhere, to put on your jelly fish wounds. Its makes the pain less terrible…

Capture d’écran 2014-02-26 à 23.26.43In addition to this deadly Queensland threat, another one: the sun.

Capture d’écran 2014-02-26 à 23.27.13North Queensland is regarded as the skin cancer capital of the world. Sad ranking.

Capture d’écran 2014-02-26 à 23.30.31So, finally, yesterday, I went to the chlorine swimming pool. Safer.
Why is it named Tobruk ? Opened in 1950, it is a tribute to the Australian soldiers who died during the siege of Tobruk, in the Libyan desert, in 1941.

Tomorrow, I’ll see the fishes again… At the aquarium… Safer…

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