The Sting is in the Tail.

Stingray

Stingray

The week was difficult enough without the US election. The only light was that the shivers down my spine proved right. Calamitous is a word that got much used. We decided to do a practise run and booked a cabin all secluded. We are fully expecting the possibilities, that once again, town-hall sirens will blare and warn the people of an impending disaster.
People will be urged to seek shelter and safety from the coming of carnage. Again the running and shouting of people on the streets. The thuds of boots finding home on falling bodies

It wasn’t just the Trump tragedy but also Leonard Cohen passing. To mention both in one breath is a bit of an insult to Cohen. Like comparing acrid acid with the tasting of the finest of first-press olive oil. But Cohen is at peace and we are still here!

The three lily- white blondie livery daughters of Trump are primed to fill important roles and he is backing down from undoing Obamacare. His mascara has come off and paleness replaced brashness and red-necked bully-boy. The markets are going wild and gyrating madly opposite of all expectations. The biggest rally for years. All topsy-turvy. Yet, Hillary Clinton all pale and sad. What has America done? Protests on the streets. Cars are burning. People shouting. Contorted faces. Rage is rising.

Our cabin was just a short down-hill clamber from a rocky yet sandy beach, waiting for the tumult of hordes of Christmas crowds to arrive. I decided to check up on an aboriginal midden that I knew existed when Helvi and I used to visit this same spot with our young children so many memorable years ago. It amazed me already then that this sacred site hadn’t been protected. People walked over it, unaware it was a midden and sacred site
https://www.google.com.au/#q=Aboriginal+middens+at+Bendalong

As I was walking along the beach I noticed a dark shape in the water. Getting closer I was amazed to see a large stingray. Steve Irwin, the Australian naturalist was killed by a stingray while swimming above one. The barbed tail whipped up, went through his wet-suit and penetrated his heart. He died almost instantly.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2006/sep/04/broadcasting.travelnews

I had boots on and did not want to get into the water to get a closer look. I did not have to. He came to me. It swam in very shallow water and was just a couple of metres away from the sandy beach on this expanse of the Tasman sea. Its bulbous watery eyes was looking at me as if expecting something. Its eyes seemed sad and carried a reproach. I was astounded. What had I done to receive his attention? Apart from a small packet of peanuts I had nothing to give him. I spoke some kind words but wasn’t sure it could hear under the water. Did he expect me to have a herring on me? I never carry fish on me as I never feed fish in oceans. I felt guilty for not ever having fed fish. Instead, I often I eat them. ( I did not tell the stingray that.)

It was a somewhat helpless situation but I took some more pictures with my IPhone. What else would anyone do? But what followed was remarkable. As I continued my walk, the stingray followed me for some twenty metres or so along the edge of the sea. Had I been accepted as his friend? I again took some pictures.
He then had enough and swam away.

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The aboriginal midden was still there and in good condition. I suppose all the seashells and cockles are just not worth digging up or scooping away as most people might not even be aware of its significance and aboriginal heritage. For thousands of years this was the site were the original owners of this land would congregate look out over the sea and consume their catch of sea-food.

Sacred aboriginal sites are to be respected and not to be photographed.

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29 Responses to “The Sting is in the Tail.”

  1. GP Cox Says:

    I learned about the sting in the tail when I was a kid and dad had me fishing off Captree, Long Island (to teach me patience) and a young man caught a small stingray. Yikes.
    As far the state of the union around here, I am tired of people concentrating on the negative (we’ve been hearing it for 8 years now). I wasn’t thrilled with Obama, a first-term senator I felt unqualified, was elected. But once a person becomes Commander-in-Chief, it is time to buckle up and stand behind him (or her).

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, but to buckle up and stand behind this Trump man is a tall task.

      A man who believes climate change is a conspiracy by the Chinese?

      A man who thought that difficult questions by a female journalist was a result of her menstruating?

      A man who looked at a ten year old girl and said he would be dating her in ten years time?

      This incumbent President has the support of the Ku Klux Klan?

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      • GP Cox Says:

        I often have people following me that I do not approve of either. Does that make me a bad person because of what they believe? I not fending the man, I’m trying to support the office – just as I did with the unqualified, first-term senator we’ve had the past 8 years.

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  2. auntyuta Says:

    Wordweb for calamitous: “(of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin”
    I can’t help having this feeling too. I hope I’m wrong.

    I’m glad you weren’t in the water, swimming on top of the stingray!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Stingrays are not aggressive at all. They often mingle with swimmers. Steve Irwin was touching the stingray as he so often did with other animals. Remember him holding his baby in front of a crocodile?
      The US is now in turmoil. Let’s hope sanity prevails.

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  3. Big M Says:

    We used to have plenty of stingrays around when I was a kid. Never heard of them harming humans until Steve Irwin died. At least we didn’t have any Trumpsm, or none that we knew of!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Someone let out Mr Insanity and the unthinkable happened.

      Mr Trump will try and behave. But sooner or later he will become his own awful self.

      You are right, stingrays usually hang around human activity. They are often found at places where keen fishermen gut and scale their catch.

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  4. rod Says:

    You could have done a St Anthony of Padua and preached to the ray!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, but St Gerard is the patron saint of the lost and found department. I am not sure if stingrays use keys. Do they have lockers? Others say that St Gerard is the saint for pregnancies and motherhood. I am confused. In Scotland, there is a church dedicated to St Gerard Majella in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, opened in 1971.
      Feel free to visit it, Rod.😉

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  5. Curt Mekemson Says:

    We are reeling over here, Gerard, as you can well imagine. Given the tone he set during the campaign, it’s hard not to imagine Trump as anything but scary. I am hoping, beyond hope, that he will change, and grow into his position. GP says we need to get behind him, and I understand the position, but ultimately, it comes down to what he does. He is already backpedaling a bit on the Wall, Obamacare, and Hillary. But if he follows through on any of his more dangerous proposals, the nation will come unglued. –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, a coup in the US might well be an answer. He is dangerous! Australia today is supposed to sign a deal whereby the refugees from Manus and Nauru will finally be allowed to settle in a third country. The US is supposed to be part of that deal in exchange for central American refugees in the US to move and settle in Australia.

      It all a charnel house now, Curt.

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        I wouldn’t go for a coup, Gerard. Fortunately the US has always avoided that alternative, mainly because there is always another election coming up. The challenge, from my perspective, is how much damage can he cause in the meantime. Once again, Trump is talking about deporting 3 million Mexicans. That will have devastating consequences. I think (hope) that there are enough moderate Republicans in Congress to work together with Democrats to counter some of his more radical, burn the earth, proposals. –Curt

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        In the meantime let’s just wait and see. He made promises to give people jobs. His lowering of taxation is mind boggling where will revenue come from to pay for education and health?
        It is the same here in Australia. Anything to keep the rich richer and the poor poorer. I am not sure Trump will allow the 1500 refugees from Manus and Nauru to settle in the US.
        Our Prime Minister is hoping to sneak them in before the 20th of Jan, 2017.

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  6. Yvonne Says:

    We can now change your name to Gerard Attenborough, stingray whisperer.

    Interesting situation re the refugee exchange with the You Ess Aye.

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  7. algernon1 Says:

    I’m overseas at moment and able to watch news from many countries. It seems the only country showing this modern day Hitler in a positive light is the apartheid state of Israel. The commiserate liar reckons he’ll make America great again. Somehow I think not. It appears that most well respected Republicans cannot stoop so low as to work for him.

    I’ve always thought stingrays to be the Labradors of the sea. Bit like Grey Nurse Sharks.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Hold onto your seats. It’s going to be a rocky ride.
      Just imagine the re-coil of the voters if Trump follows up on his predilection to grab the genitalia of females. World leaders would be aghast at that sort of behaviour. Angela Merkel would be advised to stay well away from Trump.

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      • algernon1 Says:

        Not to mention the slew of sexual assault complaints him. He should be in jail. As so many have said on both sides he is totally unfit to be President.

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  8. lifecameos Says:

    Yes, it was a calamitous day. But it is the countrymen who can deal with it. We do get stingrays coming up to wharves and jetties where humans regularly feed them.

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  9. happy go lucky Says:

    Great debating but can’t agree with GP Cox’s view

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Well, each to their own. I feel a bit foolish commenting on other nations. We have enough on our own plate in Australia. The latest refugee swap with Central Americans seems almost unbelievable. The contortions that our PM Turnbull and his deputy go through to try and avoid any show or trace of humanity and compassion is beyond belief.
      I bet the ghosts of Himmler, Hitler and all the others must be giving them a standing ovation.

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  10. Andrew Says:

    A wonderful encounter with the Stingray Gerard. I shall stay quiet on Trump and see what he does. I suspect he will be a one term president.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Andrew. The Stingray was aware of my presence and followed me for a short while along the deserted beach.
      How have you been? Are you avoiding the English weather and staying in HK?
      As for Trump, don’t mention the behemoth of China building an economic tsunami that will swamp US shores.

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  11. ThePoliticalVagina Says:

    Here’s a link for stingray medicine; http://totemwisdom.com/stingraytotem.html

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  12. gerard oosterman Says:

    That is so amazing to read that they can actually intereact to humans.

    “Stingrays may be telling you to not overreact to your emotions, to calm down and wait before reacting. Stingrays maneuver themselves quite well despite their size and shape and they tell us to also carefully maneuver the complex emotional waters of our inner world.”

    Thank you, P.Vagina, for putting up this link.

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  13. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    I think we just got stung.

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  14. elizabeth2560 Says:

    08 November was “calamitous” indeed.
    May we all be spared long-term dire consequences

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