Perth to Monkey Mia,Shark Bay

Trip Start Mar 31, 2004
Trip End Jul 14, 2005

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Monday, May 16, 2005

After a brief night spent in Geraldton to break up the 10 hour drive we arrived at Monkey Mia in Shark Bay. The roads were very very long and straight and the earth was getting redder and redder the further north we got. We stop of at Hamlin Pools to see the stromatolites which are thousands of years old. We arrived at Denham to find our hostel worked on a part time basis so no-one there until 5pm. So we headed down to the beach for a snorkel and a spot of fishing - catch = 1 flathead and a black snapper later that night but our knife is to blunt to gut it. Saw a huge potato cod and a turtle swimming around down by the pier and some very angry squid being caught by the fisherman and squirting their ink everywhere, yurgh!

Monkey Mia is famous for the wild bottlenose dolphins that turn up like clockwork everyday for a free feed. It's amazing to see them so close and they were having a good luck at us as well. They did bugger off pretty sharpish as soon as the last fish had been got. That afternoon we went on a wildlife cruise to spot Dugongs, aka the "Sea Cow". They are very odd looking with huge nostrils, they don't look like they belong in the sea. We also spotted a couple more turtles and lots of dolphins. Unfortunately no sign of the local tiger sharks!
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