Jul 27, 2004
Dec 21, 2004
We spent most of our time in Tangalooma on the beach getting sunburnt, snorkelling (there was some very big fish and Kerry was a bit nervous about meeting a shark), and watching birds (i know Ursula!!) well they were pelicans actually and bloody huge and they can turn their heads inside out
. The main reason we were there though was obviusly for the dolphins. It was amazing, whilst we were waiting for our briefing on how to feed the dolphins some of them turned up and were jumping and swimming around the jetty that we were sat on, chasing fish and basically just waiting. When it was time to feed them we got in 4 queues and when it was our turn we waded into the cold sea with one of the marine biology people and approached a dolphin with a fish in hand. We just put it in the water and the cute dolphins just took it and then waited for another one. Our dolphin was called Tangles and was the baby of the 8 dolphins that were there (he was only 4)he was so cute and had a lovely smiley mouth although he had quite a lot of teeth. At the end of the feeding session Kerry managed to get another go and fed another 2 dolphins (Tinkerbell - Tangles mum, and Shadow - Tangles auntie). All in all it was a brilliant experience and we both absolutely loved it and wanted to stay longer but instead we came back to Brisbane to pick up a campervan and start the next bit of our trip.
Oh my god we have been to the best place ever in the world!!! A short ferry ride away from Brisbane is Moreton Island, it is the 3rd biggest sand island in the world and is basically a lump of sand with hills, lakes, a beautiful beach and one tourist resort. Tangalooma is the resort and it consists of various accomodation, a restaurant and bar, lots of beach sports, tours etc, and the main attraction the Tangalooma dolphins. For 12 years or so a pod of 8 dolphins have been visiting the jetty to be fed a small amount of fish (not too much so they still have to hunt and remain wild). If you are staying at the resort as opposed to on a day tour then you are allowed to participate in the dolphin feeding so that is what we did. The first exciting thing was our hotel room. After weeks staying in slightly dodgy hostels we were pleasantly suprised (to put it mildly) to find a very big, very modern and very clean room with a balcony overlooking the sea. It was amazing.