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LIFE ABOVE THE SHARKS.
Platform Erected Over Reef. CAIRNS. November 11. On Y. Reef, situated at the mouth of Albany Passage, 48 miles West of Thursday Island, 14 men are living in tents on a wooden platform, 4 feet 6 inches above sea level. They are part of a Public Works Department gang, who are constructing an automatic light for the Commonwealth light- house service. The platform is 2,500 square feet in area and was constructed of timbers brought by the lighthouse steamer Cape Leeuwin, which arrived at Cairns yesterday, after spending about a month at Y. Reef. The vessel dis- charged 500 tons of material at the reef. The light will be 75 feet high and built on a concrete foundation. It will provide a much needed sea mark on probably the most important sea lane in the Torres Strait, where the sound- ings originally taken by Captain Mat- thew Flinders are still chartered. It will be a flashing light operated on the sun valve principle, with a range of 15 miles. The construction has been carried out under conditions of extreme diffi- culty, in the most shark-infested waters of the Torres Straits. The locality is believed to be the breeding ground of tiger sharks, 20 of which have been caught. One huge shark, which was suspended from the side of the Cape Leeuwln, was literally torn to pieces by its blood-maddened mates. The steamer is also towing the light ship Carpentaria 750 miles from the Torres Straits to Townsville for over- haul.