Shark Bay World Heritage and Marine Park

Western Australia coast, on the way from Perth to Exmouth has a lot to offer. A beautiful area that can not be missed includes the teritory of the Shark Bay World Heritage and Marine Park. It’s a home to many endangered species, of both animals and plants. First stop for visitors would be the interesting area where the columns (formed by cyanbacteria – the earliest life on Earth) can be found. They are called stromatolites and stand out of the water so can easily be recognised. The nearby road has recently been paved so the landmark is accessible by te regular cars, not only 4WD.

Up next, not far away, towards Monkey Mia, there is a Shell Beach, comprised of tiny cockle shells. These are piled on top of each other to a deph of some 10meters! Looks inpressive.

Last, but not least – Monkey Mia. The name of the place does not reflect the activities that the area is famouse for but let me get to this! Monkey Mia consists of a small beach with the perfect view of the
morning sunrise as well as a group of rental apartments and a hotel. What’s more important – it’s the place to meet wild dolphins that come to the shore to be fed almost every morning. It can be you chosen from the crowd on the beach to serve the morning snak to a dolphin! Mike was the lucky one and got a fish that he shared with a beautiful, smiley dolphin.

The feeding of these wide animals takes place 3 times a day, anytime from around 7:45-12:00 at the latest. It all goes according to a dolphin clock and they are the main actors of the whole entertainment. As soon as they get to the shore the show begins. Every animal can be recognised by its unique fin and this way they receive their names. The rangers know exactly which dolphin came and if it’s allowed to get the fish. Only the accustomed ones can take part in this particular ritual. The new dolphins to the happening need to get through the probation period and can receive small portion of food, only from the ranger they already know. If the rest have already been fed 3 times, the activity ends. These are still wild creatures and need to hunt for the food on their own, passing the hunting skills onto their little ones. Receiving too much food from people would make dolphins demanding and agressive towards humans. Let things stay the way they are, along with the nature’s rules!

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