An Amazing day at Monkey Mia
Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
55Trip End Dec 21, 2012
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No need to say we all had the best night sleep ever! We woke at 6.55 and were out the door by 7.10am headed towards Monkey Mia for the 8am dolphin feeding. After two days of disappointment we thought we needed to do something to lift out spirits. Puck – the most famous (and most studied) of the Monkey Mia dolphins and 5 of her friends and family came into the feeding. The dolphins are fed 3 times a morning, and it depends on when they come in as to when they are fed. They are only given one or two fish each, so they are not dependent on the program for feeding. The dolphins all still fish for themselves in the wild unlike a decade back when they were over fed by tourists. Monkey Mia is run by the DEC and we found it to be very controlled and protective of the dolphins. We weren't allowed to approach them or pat them, only if they approach us
Astrid wanted to try her luck at a feeding a dolphin on the second round so we stuck to the beach and the kids happily played with some friends they had made Perth. The second feeding was not much later and we headed back to the water. Then Astrid realised we had to listen to the half hour educational spiel again about the dolphins – I was happy to, but not the kids. So we took a walk over to the pier. We saw schools of different fish, a clam, big fish, little fish, and the highlight was a turtle that Astrid spotted just as we were about to race back for dolphin feeding time. He was gorgeous, he just rose up out of the water at arm’s reach away, hovered, then slowly glided back down into the depths – very cool
We spent the rest of the day at Monkey Mia swimming, building sandcastles and walking along the beaches. Ant taught Astrid how to snorkel. She picked it up immediately, like a duck to water! We went back to Denham all very, very happy – a gorgeous day after the car dramas.