Strange creatures in the Daintree Rainforest

Yesterday, Dad and I explored the Daintree Rainforest with Tony’s Tropical Tours. Despite the cheesy name, and the fact our guide was called Adrian, it was absolutely bloody brilliant. (In a stage whisper, over the shoulder as we look at this strange jungle species….) Adrian lives deep in the Daintree in a house only accessible by motorbike. His garden is the rainforest and his botany knowledge is tip top. Note the safari shirt/short combo plus hat, the love of anecdotes and the ability to take the piss out of everyone and make them love him at the same time. Seriously though, combine a nerdy love of ferns and weevils (more of them later) with a cheeky Aussie sense of humour and even I can cope with being in a car with a bunch of strangers all day. This is Adrian describing how these two wasps are in a fruit, the female is smaller so can get out after she lays her eggs, the male is too big so gets stuck in the fruit and has to look after the eggs. Or something. Moral of the story? Females win in the rainforest.

Adrianus Spectaculus Rainforestartum

This spider was big. Same size as my hand. Called a Golden Orb. I learnt something see?

During the rainy season the creeks pull down tons of silt into the rivers making them look a lot like the chocolate river in Willy Wonka’s factory.

No Augustus Gloop, don't do it! The river we went a-crocodile-a-huntin' on.

But she posted a picture with no creatures in it! No fair! Never fear, just setting the scene of where we saw hatchling crocs. We saw Lizzie the massive mother too, but no good pics.

Aw, aren't they cute?! Only about 30cm long, but if they survive they could get to 5 metres in length and 700kg.

Bored yet? Here are some weevils. I held one, they’re quite cute.

The one on the left is the lesser of two weevils. (Stolen from Adrian of course)

We also saw odd spiders that look like paper aeroplanes, purple leaves, awesomely tall trees and ate steak in a tree house. A good day out finished with a trip to the Daintree Ice cream Company.

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