• Question: What is the most dangerous thing you've ever done in your career?

    Asked by Harry11 to Shannah, Richard, Matthew, John, Emma, Anna on 12 Jun 2019.
    • Photo: Emma Markham

      Emma Markham answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      I guess it was when I volunteered in a Ghana, at I was in a rural village and got malaria, so it was quiet scary but luckily I received good treatment and got better. I think that must have been the most dangerous thing I have done, but if you take precautions like bed nets and take anti-malarial prophylactics you can dramatically reduce your risk.

    • Photo: Anna Gardner

      Anna Gardner answered on 14 Jun 2019:


      The most dangerous thing I ever did was scuba diving in caves.
      It was really very dark and I had to have a torch on my head.
      When you scuba dive you have to have a tank on your back which supplies you with air to breathe underwater. As the caves are narrow you sometimes have to take the tank of your back while you are swimming! This lets you get inside the cave so you can keep exploring.
      This is really scary because you need to hold your breath for a long time and not let go of tank!
      I am glad I did it because I got to see lots of deep sea creatures.

    • Photo: John Paterson

      John Paterson answered on 14 Jun 2019:


      Working in the rainforest researching mosquitoes was dangerous at times because occasionally you come into contact with dangerous animals. Most of the time they just want to avoid you but sometimes you can be clumsy and disturb them. Once I almost trod on a snake called a fer-de-lance, which can kill you if it bites you. I also got badly cut on a plant in the jungle and then it got infected – my finger swelled up really big because of the infection and I had to cut it with a knife to get rid of it. It wouldn’t have killed me but it was both painful and disgusting!

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