Shark fishing in Shark Bay!

Trip Start Jan 24, 2010
Trip End Jan 23, 2011

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Monday, February 22, 2010

On our way to Shark Bay our very aussie bus driver (yes, he looks like a young version of crocodile dundee!) convinced us to stay in Denham (some people would possibly describe it as a town, but it was quite small) instead of Monkey Mia (an even smaller village), and he was also kind enough to call ahead for us and book our room (we are not really organised about these things, plus our phones don't seem to work very well in the outback..)

It turned out that we were sharing the flat at the hostel not only with, Joe from the Uk, but also with the lovely driver Chris (let's call him Crocodile Chris, shall we!?). Crocodile Chris continued to take his tour guide duties very seriously, and took us and Joe out to the natural hot springs outside Denham, literally a tub in the middle of nowhere with 40 degree water and an amazing sky of stars above. A very nice welcome to Shark Bay!

The following morning our group was joined by Mattias (a.k.a Arnold, Amadeus, Wolfcastle) from Austria and Andrea from Germany. We did a nice little trip down to Shells Beach (which is exactly what it sounds like) in Mattias lovely car called 'Beauty'. After some goofing around on the beach, and seeing our first shark (!!) we left without taking any shells with us (they only had a couple of million shells, but the signs were very strict on not taking any with you!). We then met up with Joe, Crocodile Chris and Bill (from the hostel) for a nice afternoon of shark fishing. We managed to catch quite a few reef sharks under the sounds of AC/DC, but as the animal friends we are, we released them straight back into the ocean after catching them. We all had a lovely chilled day with some drinks and listening to some good tunes whilst fishing, all in all a VERY cool experience! We then headed back to the hostel for a nice big barbie, the perfect end to a perfect day in Aussie Land!

The next day we set off to Monkey Mia with Joe and Dave (Joe's much beloved car), but of course we were there a bit too late to see the famous dolphin feeding. Instead we spend the day enjoying the lovely white beach, clear waters, had a nice greek salad and saw a big turtle pop it's head out of the water for a few seconds (at least we got to see some wildlife!). We also saw a massive pelican that Sophia decided to chase down the beach. The pelican was however not afraid at all of this, and instead seemed to like us as he spent most of the day hanging out near us! Back at the hostel Joe cooked us a lovely carbonara for dinner, and then we all joined together to celebrate Emmy's birthday with drinking games and a lot of laughs.

The following morning we were very sad to say goodbye to our newfound friends, but we have already arranged for a big reunion in Perth next week!

Shark Bay also treated us to another true encounter with local wildlife when we headed down to the local Denham beach for some chilling and recovery time from the birthday drinks the night before. An emu family (you know those scary ostrich looking birds) decided to bother us although we were just lying there quietly resting, and they had the WHOLE beach to walk on. Instead they walked straight up to us and an intense staring game started. Sophia almost shit herself and Emmy was looking for suitable emu weapons in her hangbag (whilst hiding behind Sophia of course!). As the clueless foreigners we are we just refrained from moving and breathing all together until the lovely birds finally decided to move along in a scary slow pace throwing us evil glances over their shoulders as if to make sure we were still petrified! (sorry, have no pics of this due to obvious reasons!!!)

After surviving this encounter we felt in tune with the wildlife again, and in a final brave attempt we managed to get out of bed a bit earlier on our last day and headed to Monkey Mia in time for the feeding of the dolphins! As we are finding it difficult to get out of bed early in the morning nowadays, we are very proud of this, and the dolphins were actually a lot friendlier than the Emus!

Next stop is Exmouth and the famous Ningaloo Reef!

PS: News have reached us that the weather is quite cold back in Europe, hope you are not finding it too bad!=)
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Robert Petersson on

I found your travel blog just today. Sitting here reading, watching and longing to get out of this god forsaken cold place, and join you guys ;)

nina on

keep walking!!!

Robert on

Robert is Emmys littlebrother

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