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The year in review 8 December 2014

mercury25nov2014p31smallWhat do newly discovered caves, Neil Gaiman, big kinky spiders, primary school students impersonating cave crickets, a stunning exhibition at the Rosny Barn, high school students hanging out at MONA, the Banff International Film Festival and flying over Antarctica have in common?

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The Mercury's Cave Activity Page 8 December 2014

Following a long tradition the Mercury NIE have published a cave activity page based on this year's expedition.

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Mercury Learning page story 6 August 2014

merc 29 july 60Last week our newspaper partner, the Mercury, published an article on Cave Search, Cave ART and the upcoming exhibition at the Rosny Barn.

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School Visits Begin 27 May 2014

Free Tasmanian school visits began on Monday with Mrs Wickham's and Mrs Dow's classes at Bellerive Primary. Between now and the start of the expedition on 18th August about 2000 students will be convinced to be part of Cave Search.

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Remote marine debris clean-up LIVE now. 9 April 2014

The South West Marine Debris Clean-up is an annual event run by Matt Dell and a wonderful bunch of volunteers. For more than a decade now they have been the guardians of Tasmania's remote south west beaches as rubbish washes up beyond the gaze of civilisation.

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Mercury Activity Page: Volcano Land 7 November 2013

Our media partners at the Mercury NIE have published a Volcano Land activity page for students. VL merc60

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Competition Winner- Volcano Land 9 September 2013

Firstly, thankyou to all those who entered the competition this year. We have enough ideas for future Expedition Class adventures to last a lifetime! But there can only be one winner, and it is...

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Teacher's Guides available now 21 July 2013

The Volcano Land Teacher's Guide to accompany each of the Grade 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6 Student Workbooks is now available as an online download.

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Volcano Land competition announced 19 July 2013

Design the next Expedition Class adventure to be in the running to win a laptop computer. The University of Tasmania and National Science Week 2013 have teamed up to provide us with the promised BIG prize. Woohoo!NSW2013

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Book a school visit now (TAS only) 28 March 2013

Teachers from all corners of Tasmania are invited to request a school visit from Andrew between May-July using the new booking form (click here).

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Student adventurer reports on cleanup 15 March 2013

The volunteer crew from the South West Marine Debris Cleanup are heading out from their safe harbour once again in 2013. Follow the journey with student adventurer Albert Wyatt from Saturday March 16th.

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How to get ready for Volcano Land 10 February 2013

2013 is the official Year of the Volcano here at Expedition Class, and we're off to New Britain to investigate them up close and personal. Students and teachers should grab the highlighter and set aside some class time to join us for the journey from 1st August.

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Unexpected honour received 21 November 2012

TAoY60A week after returning from the latest adventure and Tasmanian Australian of the Year is announced. You won't believe it...

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Coastwatchers concludes 16 November 2012

The marine debris themed expedition that began on Monday 16th July 2012 at Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre concluded on Sunday, 11th November 2012.

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Bookend end of year gala 16 November 2012

It's our chance at the Bookend Trust to share with you (hopefully lots of you's- 'scuse the grammar) the work our students, scholarship holders and volunteers have been doing. 4th December... save the date.

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Bryce Courtenay Award 7 May 2012

MercApr2012_60Up until last week, the most I'd ever won was seven bucks on a scratchie. Not to be sneezed at, but not the sort of news you ring up your 93 year old Granny about. Then Anyez from Penguin Books rang and said how about $50 000 big ones?

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Beach Cleanup- SIGN UP NOW! 5 March 2012

Download the information on a beach cleanup near you (Tasmanian only) and join the expedition in 2012.

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Join the 2012 expedition. 14 February 2012

Whichever corner and whatever mindset you find yourself in, this is an invitation to be part of the Expedition Class online learning community in 2012.

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Film night- YOU are invited! 28 November 2011

Well, it's easier if you live in Tasmania, but you're all invited (download the Hobart invite) to three fun filled evenings around the state in December.

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Mercury NIE- September article 29 September 2011

merc27sep11(small)Our long partnership with the Mercury NIE and Learning Page is critical for alerting Tasmanian teachers to what's going on...

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Earthquake hits expedition team 19 September 2011

The team of Tasmanian Himalayan expedition experiences an earthquake in Kathmandu.

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Teacher and student surveys. 9 September 2011

Download Crusoe Project surveys... TEACHER....STUDENT.

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Crusoe over, Himalaya begins. 7 September 2011

Phwooarr, just back from PNG and the Crusoe Project and it's already had to be filed in the archives!

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Going LIVE 26 July 2011

This is the last news item before the expedition begins on August 1st. Get ready by downloading the student workbook, joining the forum and following the daily reports at Expedition LIVE.

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Win a t-shirt a day! 26 July 2011

That's right, there's one Crusoe Project t-shirt per day to be won by students during the expedition. WOW.

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Workbooks available NOW. 29 June 2011

Crusoe Project Student GuideJust in the nick of time, the Crusoe Project Student Workbook and Teacher's Guide are now available for free download.

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Learning page article 29 June 2011

Merc june11_60The Mercury NIE continue to be a great supporter and published an article on Tuedsay.

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Field of Mars EEC 29 June 2011

FOM 60A few weeks ago I presented two video conferences (VC's) the the Field of Mars EEC as part of their annual festival involving over 9000 students and teachers around NSW.

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Envirothon winners and grinners 4 May 2011

envirothon60The inaugural Tasmanian Envirothon competition was held last weekend. From ten college teams who applied to take part last year the three left standing were...

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South West Cleanup concludes 4 May 2011

A few weeks ago Expedition Class documented the South West Tasmania Marine Debris Cleanup as Ninna followed the action with a video camera.

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Shortlisted shearwater 4 May 2011

A phone call out of the blue came the other day with a lovely lady advising me I'd been shortlisted for...

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Field of Mars event 4 May 2011

For the second year running I'll be heading to Sydney to take part in the Field of Mars Environmental Education Video Conference Festival.

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Skullbone applications coming in 4 May 2011

The second stage of the Skullbone project is now complete with students from the four participating high schools filling out their applications.

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Crusoe project update 4 May 2011

With less than 3 months until I make like Robinson Crusoe and spear fish for a feed, the student workbooks are nearly complete.

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Found an island 11 April 2011

crusoe island60There's been a few developments with the Crusoe Project lately. Firstly, I found an island to fling myself upon in August.

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Skullbone update 11 April 2011

The Skullbone program kicked off in earnest last week with visits to Ogilvie, Scottsdale, Ulverstone and Jordan River schools. I went in with a presentation to show students what expeditions can offer. I'm not sure if it was the best approach but...

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Nepal expedition for students 11 April 2011

Tasmanian secondary students in Grades 9 and 10 have the opportunity to join a 20-day expedition to Nepal during September this year. Coordinated by Doug Grubert, Assistant Principal of Scottsdale High School, it's going to be a massive adventure!

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Tarkine Trails and Ulverstone High 2 March 2011

tarkine trailsLast week I received a call out of the blue from Darvis, a director of Tarkine Trails.  "How can we help with this project, how do we get involved?" Darvis wanted to know.

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Mercury Learning Page- Feb news 2 March 2011

merc febThe Mercury NIE is once again supporting adventure learning this year. Damian Bester, Education Services Manager, has been a huge help in spreading the word through Tuesday's learning page. Download last Tuesday's article

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The Crusoe Project 11 February 2011

Last year, fresh from the hunt for the Tassie Tiger, students voted to pack me off to a deserted island for the 2011 Expedition Class project. Alone and with little equipment I will spend this coming August on a tiny blip of land that hasn't been located yet.

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Something big happened over summer! 11 February 2011

On the 23rd December last year Dr Niall Doran, Director of the Bookend Trust, rang with an early Christmas present. We'd received funding from the Tasmanian Government's  'Innovative Flexible Education Grant'.

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Tigers getting archived 11 February 2011

The Tassie Tiger is last years news so it's off to the archive shortly.

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School Visits in December 2010 29 October 2010

Book a school visit (Tas only) for December. Hurry, limited places.

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Vote for the 2011 expedition. 29 October 2010

You can help decide where Expedition Class goes in 2011. Vote on the forum now.

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Weather Prevents Flight- New Plan 27 September 2010

Breaking news today, Par Avion advised the weather is too rough to fly tomorrow morning as planned. Follow progress at the Expedition LIVE page.

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Larissa Bartlett launches Tiger Hunt 12 September 2010

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Ninety students from Campbell Street and Herdsman's Cove Primary bussed to UTAS to be welcomed by guest of honour Larissa Bartlett- a strong supporter of innovation in education. Her speech, reflecting the adventurer's mindset that life is full of possibilities and challenges, was enjoyed by all.

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Forum Experts 12 September 2010

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The list of experts willing to help students on the Tiger Hunt is unbelievable. Nick Mooney (pictured), Markson Yarrao, Col Bailey, Jenni Burdon, Dr Niall Doran, Dr Clare Hawkins, Grant Dixon have newly created profiles.

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Teacher Magazine 12 September 2010

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The current issue (September 2010) has a three page spread on Expedition Class's past projects and the coming Tassie Tiger Hunt. The bold headline, in the style of the Indiana Jones trilogy, is hard to miss!

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Mt Nelson Book 12 September 2010

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Teachers Tessa Hampton and Carey Bourke came to the exhibition bearing a special gift. After a school visit to Mt Nelson Primary earlier in the week the students in Grade 3/4 put together a bound book of pictures and reports from the discussion we had.

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Exhibition Report 12 September 2010

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Rain swept through the carpark as we unloaded the first cardboard wrapped photos and ferried them through to the gallery in the UTAS/TUU building. In the background Mt Wellington was holding snow well into the tree line.

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Exhibition THIS FRIDAY! 23 August 2010

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Eighteen framed photos are sitting in the spare room waiting to be hung this Friday for the fundraising exhibition. The photos will be for sale on the night from $475-$575.

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Tiger skin on my table 23 August 2010

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The phone call from David Hurst intrigued me. "I've got something to show you, it might help with your project." he said.

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Field of Mars 23 August 2010

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Australian Geographic also organised a separate school visit for a NSW school while I was there for Science in the City. Instead of talking to just one class they organised with the Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre to hook it through a video conference (VC).

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Science in the City- Sydney 23 August 2010

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Jammed into the Tassie school visits last week was a visit to Sydney for Science in the City. The Australian Geographic Society, one of my major sponsors, invited me up...

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School visits underway 23 August 2010

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Over the past three weeks I've visited 16 schools and more than 1100 students in Tasmania to convince them to participate in the Tassie Tiger Hunt.

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Delayed start on the cards? 23 August 2010

A letter lobbed in the mailbox last week with some unexpected news. After reading it carefully I had to make a decision...

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Tiger Hunt T-shirts SALE 21 July 2010

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Tassie Tiger Hunt 2010 t-shirts are now available for $30. Only 45 printed so get your claws into one quick smart.

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Mercury NIE 20 July article 21 July 2010

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Catch up on yesterday's news from the Mercury Learning page. 

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Exhibition fundraiser- you're invited! 14 July 2010

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Open your diary to 27th August 2010 and slash a fluorescent line through 6-8pm. You're invited to the first ever adventure learning fundraising exhibition. Fine Arts Gallery, TUU Building, UTAS Sandy Bay campus.

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Councillor Bester sponsors Derwent Valley school 14 July 2010

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The Derwent Valley Council butts into the South West National Park and that was enough of an excuse for Councillor Bester to want one of the local schools to be on the Tiger Hunt.

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Hope and Grace taking a break 14 July 2010

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The Hope and Grace, has carried us safely (and slowly) to many distant shores. This year we will give her a well deserved break for the South West leg of the Tiger Hunt.

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Premier supports Orford Primary 14 July 2010

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Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett approved a $250 grant to support a further school visit and resource kit. 

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Presenting at Science in the City 14 July 2010

Australian Geographic has invited Expedition Class to present 'Expect the Unexpected' at Science in the City in Sydney. Have a look at the full program and get involved if you can.

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Professional development offered 21 June 2010

Learning Services South are putting on a professional development day for Tasmanian teachers on Friday 23rd July. Email Philippa Clymo to book a spot or get more details. Download flier.

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Environment education award 21 June 2010

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The Bookend Trust recently received the Tasmanian Environment Award for Education. Expedition Class is a key plank of the Bookend education program.

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Melaeuca reccy success 21 June 2010

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A few weeks ago I flew down to Melaleuca with Ninna and the Bookend Trust camera to reccy the first leg of the Tassie Tiger Hunt. Our job was to get some video footage and take lots of photos of plants, animals and different habitats.

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Bring your class along 21 June 2010

One of our major supporters, UTAS SET, are hosting the Tassie Tiger Hunt- School Launch on 2nd September at the Sandy Bay campus. We need two more 5/6 classes to come along.

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SBS Foundation thumbs up 21 June 2010

In very, very, double exclamation mark exciting news the Bookend Trust was selected as one of seventeen organisations to share in two million bucks worth of SBS Foundation advertising on the tele. Our first ads will be popping up sometime soon and will run until next year.

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TasMap support school resource kits 21 June 2010

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If you've ever been bushwalking in Tasmania chances are you used a map made by TasMap. They are supporting our school resource kits by supplying 40 maps of the South West expedition area.

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Wildlife experts for the forum 21 June 2010

A key element of the educational design is having a forum where students can interact with experts in the area they are studying. In a major coup we've added renowned wildlife biologist Nick Mooney and others...

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Remote sensing cameras 21 June 2010

Peter Ringland from Upstreampaddle has been a great supporter of previous projects and is helping out on this one by loaning two remote sensor cameras.

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UTAS SET on board 21 May 2010

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As far as supporters of Expeditionclass.com and acronyms go UTAS SET is one of the biggest. The University of Tasmanian Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology are on board as a major sponsor for the fourth consecutive expedition.

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Meeting with Col Bailey and Qug 21 May 2010

Photo of Qug at Melaleuca

Over the last week I have been lucky enough to sit down with two superstars. Col Bailey is a superstar of the Tassie tiger world, and Qug is the grand daughter of the legendary Deny King who lived at Melaleuca.

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Melaleuca visit 21 May 2010

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Speaking of Melaleuca, I'm flying down there on Monday for a week of reconnaissance.

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Review in Wild magazine 21 May 2010

The latest Wild magazine has a short review I wrote about Seventh Journey, a book by Earl de Blonville.

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Bushwalking with the outdoor education classes from Sacred Heart College 5 May 2010

Amongst all the editing and emailing of the last few weeks I've been bushwalking with the outdoor education classes from Sacred Heart College. We went to the Freycinet Peninsula two weekends in a row with the Grade 9 and Grade 10 classes.

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Australian Geographic Society to sponsor Tassie Tiger Hunt 5 May 2010

The Australian Geographic Society administrator, Kylie Piper, rang recently with the news that AG would be sponsoring the Tassie Tiger Hunt.

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Classroom kits to accompany the adventure 13 April 2010

A very exciting development for this years 'Tassie Tiger Hunt' project is the publication of classroom kits to accompany the adventure.

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Mercury: Tassie Teacher Turns Tiger Hunter 13 April 2010

The Mercury have published an article on the Learning page of today's paper titled, "Tassie Teacher Turns Tiger Hunter". The photo was taken at the Tasmanian Museum in front of an exhibit showing footage of a caged thylacine behind chicken wire.

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Salwater croc sighting 10 March 2010

Yikes! I've just been told by Andrew Storey (in 2008 Andrew was a great help in planning the Fly River leg of the PNG sea kayak expedition) and Markson Yarrao, both scientists who work on the Fly River in PNG, that they saw a whopper of a salwater croc up the Strickland River.

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