Monkey Mia and Shark Bay

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Saturday, October 7, 2006

Okay, how many places have we been which have boasted having world heritage status!?! Yep loads, so whenever we find somewhere that says oh we have world heritage status we just take it with a pinch of salt, but Shark Bay is so worthy of that status.....its beautiful.
We detoured off of the highway and along the 130kilometre road to Denham, on the way we made a few stops, first being Hamelin Pool, here we parked in the caravan park and headed off through the impressive shell quarry to the famous stromatolites, now these were here for years before anyone actually realised that they were wonders. Made of limestone some are still submerged under water, others have been destroyed over the years and others and still going strong, they were amazing to look at and photograph, we spent some time here at the only sight in the whole world where they are left and then continued on to Shell Beach.
Shell Beach is pure white and the waters are so clear, the whole beach is just shells, no sand at all, its gorgeous to look at, and not as painful as you might imagine to walk on! In some places on the beach the shells go ten metres deep.
From shell beach we thought it was best that we headed to Denham, the town where we would be spending the next couple of nights. it's the main town in Shark Bay, its tiny, there are only a few shops, most things were closed on a Sunday (which after Asia will take some getting used to!) and it was breezy, but we saw the most stunning sunset and from our camper as we were almost on the edge of the beach.
On Sunday we visited the sight which we had come all this way to see, Monkey Mia.
In Shark Bay there is an estimated 900 dolphins, now these are wild animals, they literally live in the sea and Monkey Mia is famous because for a number of years some of these dolphins have been swimming up to the shore, yes they are more than likely doing it now because the rangers at what is now a holiday resort feed them three times a day, but from what we saw it is all properly controlled and they are eager to keep them as wild as possible and not interrupt their lifestyle, some of the dolphins even turned down the food!
You pay a small fee and then go down to the beach which is long and white with clear blue waters in hope that the dolphins will swim up to shore. We saw about 6 dolphins in total, you aren't allowed to touch them for obvious reasons, but it was an incredible experience being so close, we were very lucky and had one swim right up to our feet! Later on I was swimming in the sea and one swam right past me! Pretty amazing experience.
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