The giant jellyfish is a relatively new fish species (if you insist on calling it a fish). Found lying on the shores of one of the southern Australian beaches, it has not been spotted anywhere else Researchers first spotted the ginormous jellyfish in 2014 and have been fascinated ever since. First, most jellyfish of this species are usually tiny – no bigger than a fingernail.
This one measures the length of an arm. Second, scientists believe it is highly venomous and can cause the potentially fatal Irukandji syndrome. Unsurprisingly, this one is as cool as the ocean and as deadly, too.
Many parts of the land of Australia are mainly... nothing. Under 40% of the land down under is populated by humans, making the rest wild zones. You can travel for miles and miles and see nothing but empty pieces of land.
So, to keep your expectations low and maintain your spirit at ground level, Australia has decided to remind you that they don't need much to make their country beautiful. Less is more. Miles and miles of “bugger-all,” which is slang for “nothing.” One’s man, nothing is another’s everything. Some places are best left terrifyingly wild, free, and untrodden in any case – something Australia does a little too well.
Cockroach Racing Championship
We couldn't believe what we were reading either, so we felt we had to share this with you. Every country has something it is known, loved, and famous for. Australia is known for cockroach racing. We aren't sure about the "loved for" part, but we are pretty convinced about the "famous for." The annual racing competition for cockroaches is held every year in Brisbane, Australia, and they are actually proud of this event. People literally place serious bets on this thing.
Fellow Ozzies, what on earth is happening to you down there? After digging deeper, we discovered that the whole thing began with two guys over a few rounds of beer. What began as a lark in a vacant parking lot is today a national phenomenon.
Going Down to the Beach
Over 10,000 sandy beaches are scattered across Australia, making them a must when visiting the continent. Going down to the beach in Australia is like popping down to the post office or taking the kids to school. These sandy carpets are the place to escape to. We all know the proverb "A Beach a Day Helps You Work, Sleep & Play."
But coming across a sign like this, with warnings that practically cover every danger in the world, will make you want to go even more. Couldn't they think of other ways to keep the tourists out? The only thing missing from the sign is “lurking jellyfish.” It goes to show that only true-blue Aussies would pass by a sign like this and still think of a relaxing day at the beach.
Melting Moon Jellies
There are jellyfish and there are Australian jellyfish which are like no other. The beaches of the north part of Queensland have been welcoming these gigantic creatures and have over time become a natural scene of this piece of land. They are called Melting Moon Jellies as they resemble a moon that has melted on the shores.
They looked like great big puddles and at one point the residents were so concerned, that the government declared a state of emergency. The high temperatures on the beach are what make these jellyfish melt, however, some scientists insist that the high temperatures have nothing to do with it and that this is simply part of the jellyfish's lifecycle.