Ok, so whilst nobody has just been raised from the dead, you could say something has been.

Whilst out in the field setting up transects for my Honours research project, I was doing a bit of bush-bashing through dense sedges, bushes and the like, with a good 20-30cm of water underfoot. After deciding my efforts were futile, I turned back and on arriving back where I had begun, I did the obligatory check for my mobile phone. Except that it wasn’t there.

When pursuing ‘normal’ activities, I have my mobile placed in a phone pouch clipped to my pants. On this occasion, I had forgotten to put it away in a safe place whilst walking through the wallum. Anyway, after a quick, frantic search, retracing my steps around the area and through the water, I had a friend join me to search for my phone. This time I used my hands to feel beneath the water. Sure enough, at least 20 minutes later, I pull out from beneath the water a soaked phone pouch with an equally soaked mobile phone inside. Being sure not to try turning it on, I opened up the back and removed what I could – casing, battery and SIM card to dry. The thought of having to buy a new (smart) phone was soaking in (excuse the pun).

Once returning home, Google provided me some examples of techniques on how to try saving a wet mobile phone, though all techniques were only tested after the phone had been in water for a few seconds, or a minute at most. Definitely not 20! Success rates were rather high using dry rice to draw out and soak up the water from phones, so in went my mobile for a good four days. In a last ditch attempt to revive my mobile, I placed it in the oven (minus the battery and SIM card), on the lowest temperature possible, for 35 minutes. I tell you that was a pretty weird thing to do. Still no luck as the phone didn’t spring to life when powering on.

I then remembered that trying to charge your mobile might indicate a dead battery, but a live phone, if it turned on once having been plugged into the wall. So I tried it. After a few seconds, my mobile came to life! Amazing! As it turns out, the phone battery had gone flat too :P , so once it had charged, it remained on – and working! Only defect it has now is it won’t vibrate when it used to before taking a dive, but I can live with that!

So God even specialises in recovering dead mobile phones!

LG Craze mobile

My working LG Craze mobile phone, post taking a dive.

Below are more photos from the frogs and other life of the wallum.

Aquatic invertebrates and fish

Aquatic creatures (A: Mosquito fish (Gambusia holbrooki) [introduced species]; B: juvenile orange-fingered yabby (Cherax depressus); C: Swamp Yabby (Tenuibranchiurus glypticus)) dip-netted from pools of water in wallum ecosystem. The Swamp Yabby is considered ‘vulnerable’.

Crinia tinnula tadpoles

Crinia tinnula (Wallum Froglet) tadpoles

Wallum rocketfrog

Litoria freycineti (Wallum Rocketfrog) female

Wallum rocketfrog

Litoria freycineti (Wallum Rocketfrog) female

Eastern Sedgefrog

Litoria fallax (Eastern Sedgefrog). I came across many of this species, cousin to the Wallum Sedgefrog. The two were occurring in sympatry at one particular transect.

Eastern Sedgefrog stretching

Litoria fallax (Eastern Sedgefrog). ‘Darn legs have gone to sleep!’

Wallum Sedgefrog

Litoria olongburensis (Wallum Sedgefrog)

Crinia tinnula

Crinia tinnula (Wallum Froglet)

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