Drive to perth

Trip Start Jun 27, 2006
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

After Coral Bay we covered some serious K's (kilometers) stopping occasionally when we saw something interesting off the road like a large pink lake (turned out to be a beta-carotene lake where I think the pink panther lived) or leaning gum trees (literally growing sideways because of the intense winds).
 
Our last stop before Perth was at Kalbarri National Park where Ave learned how to catch rock lobster (using a pole with a noose at the end) and spear fish. I had an absolute blast in the freezing cold water...Tony and I were a good team. I was quite good at skin diving down a couple meters to spot the lobster or big cod hiding under rock ledges and in cracks. I would then alert Tony of my finding and he would do his thing. I actually spotted a massive octopus which Tony tried to catch using the noose....thankfully the octo (octopus) fought back hard wrapping his tentactles around the pole using some serious suction action...he/she strategically escaped by backing up into a small hole. Phew!
 
I should mention that while Tony and I were in the water exploring, Susannah the German bitch was collecting shells on the beach refusing to come in the water because it was too cold. She then started to complain that she was bored and wanted to leave. The nerve!!! We ignored her and continued to fish for dinner.
 
On the scenic drive out of the park we stopped at a couple spectacular coastal lookouts. At one of the lookouts a group of dolphins was swimming by which was an awesome sight.
 
We finally arrived in Perth late at night. The car was a disaster but that was a job for the morning as we were all tired. Susannah the GB (German bitch) and I crashed at Tony's house in Rockingham (suburb of Perth) that night and for a couple days thereafter. The major attraction near Rockinham was Penguin Island, which was what a sounds like...an island full of the cutest little penguins (they are actually called little penguins--in fact they are the worlds smallest penguins). As you can see from the pictures attached to this entry I was a bit of a shutter bug at penguin island and especially for the penguins. At penguin island there is a "penguin sanctuary" which houses rescued penguins. That is where all the penguin pictures from this entry were taken. And do note that some of the penguins look fatter than others as those penguins were going through "moulting" which is a period when the penguins shed their feathers to grow a new coat...but it is s a very stressful time for these little penguins as they don't eat or sleep much. So before this moullting period good old instinct kicks in and the penguins beef up....
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