Oct 01, 2005
Jul 21, 2007
Monkey Mia was our stop for the night and is located on the banks of Shark Bay just past the most western town in the whole of Australia; Denham. Monkey Mia is famous for one thing, the dolphins who come to get free fish every morning. Now I think i've been spoiled by viewing jumping dolphins at Sea World and other aquariums or seeing them jumping next to a boat, because I was less than flabbergasted watching 3 dolphins take a fish each out of the hand of a ranger with about 200 other people. I'd rather watch turtles crawl up the beach in pitch blackness.
On the way down to Shark Bay we took a turn off the highway and down to the ocean to view the oldest living organisms EVER. They are called Stromatolites and have been around for a totally incomprehensible 350 billion years. Technically they are cyanobacteria and because of them emitting oxygen it has enabled other lifeforms including us to develop, so we gave praise to the forest of circular rocklike protuberances that stand together on the edge of the sea, for 10 minutes. And then carried on our way. It was like an oven although not humid here. We also left the tropics today, crossing the tropic of capricorn for the 3rd time. We assessed each others levels of troppo infection and decided that apart from some feral outbursts, and frankly terrifying hallucinations we had all come through relatively unscathed.