Day 53

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dolphin feeding take two! After another night of being blown about by the wind it subsided in the morning. I began packing up very early as we had decided to move onto Geraldton a day early because of the relentless wind and because there wasn't anything more to do without going on more cruises and we are just about all cruised out.
We walked to the dolphin feeding area again with our fingers crossed. The signs were looking bad with a very low tide and the new baby dolphin affecting her mother's feeding patterns. The new arrival also meant that no one could go into the water because the baby could be distracted by foreign movements in the water. I decided to continue packing up back at the site and returned at 8.00 when the feeding is legally allowed to commence.
Today right on cue (thank goodness for the girls) the dolphins came. Puck and her baby and two other dolphins came right into the water's edge for the 15 minute feeding. The obedient crowd of 150 watched in awe. Today was a small crowd with some days 700 people watching. The ranger asked the lady standing next to Chloe if she would like to feed the dolphins and she surprisingly said no. Then he looked straight at Chloe and asked her and of course she jumped at the chance! I took a quick photo and Chloe did something she will always remember for the rest of her life.
We pulled out of Monkey Mia excited that we had at last seen the dolphins and that one of the Dimenties had actually fed them. First stop of the day was Shell Beach which is made up entirely of very small shells. There are millions and millions of shells with absolutely no sand which is very strange for a beach. Nearby were the famous stromatolites that are a cross between a cabbage and a rock. They are built by Cyanobacteria and occur in shallow water (Hamelin Pool) with very high salinity levels. They provide excellent fossil records and were the building block for life on earth as they produce oxygen. These ones are relatively new and only 3000 years old.
As we drove towards Geraldton the landscape began to change. The first wildflowers emerged and more grassy areas were visible. We arrived in town at 4.30 pm pretty exhausted after a big day of sight seeing and driving. Geraldton has a population of 39 000, TV and mobile reception, shopping centre and real water. The caravan park was very welcoming and situated right next to a windy beach. The town reminded us a lot of Warrnambool. Tomorrow we will have a good look around.
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