|Antonia's sculpture at Cape Tribulation|
This was our first look at real tropical rainforest. Antonia was sure we would get stung, scratched, bitten, pecked by cassowaries, eaten alive by triffids or saltwater crocodiles and I don't know what else. Mike was the one who got a leech. We didn't notice this until several hours after he had somehow brushed it off himself and we discovered he was leaving a trail of blood everywhere he went. Fortunately, we were having coffee at a rainforest centre when we discovered this, and the guys there took it in their stride. "Leech bite, mate? No worries!" Hmmm, a bit of surgery and a bandage later, and Mike is all ready to meet the sharks tomorrow. We went to look at a mangrove swamp from a boardwalk after that, and were careful this time to avoid leaning against things.
|Mike collecting leeches|