The beautiful Indo-pacifc dolphins 26-27/11

Trip Start Nov 15, 2009
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Trip End May 02, 2010


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Thursday, November 26, 2009

On the 26th we left Kalbarri and headed further north. The drive to Monkey Mia took about 3 hours, we stopped at a couple of
places along the way. The first stop was Hamelin Pool to see the Stromatolites, they are the oldest living organism on the
planet. They essentially look abit like coral/rocks but they produce oxygen. We then continued driving and came across Shell
Beach, it was amazing beautiful white beach made up of millions of cockel shells, up to 5m deep in some places. We then arrived
at Monkey Mia resort which is about 25km outside of a little town called Denham. The drive was not too bad but the roads here
are so straight and you don't see any cars. Alex ran over a snake today, we didn't see it until we were on top of it and you
could feel the car bump over it-not too bothered 1 less in the world disgusting creatures. I ran over a lizard though which
I wasn't too pleased about, but it was basically suicide on his part as he was sat in the middle wouldn't of got him and then
he just ran under the wheels, I did feel bad about this road kill. The reason for visiting Monkey Mia is that wild dolphins
come up to the beach each morning for feeding. We are staying here for 2 nights, the room is nice and the girls we are
sharing with are volunterring here. They have said that they will try and get us to feed the dolphins. Fingers crossed.

Today has been probably my favourite day of the trip so far. We got up early at 7am in order to go down to the beach for the
first dolphin feeding at 7.30am. When we got there, there was already 4 dolphins near the beach which was good as the
previous day only 2 came. Before the feeding started another 2 dolphins came to the shore. They are beautiful, indo-pacific
bottlenose dolphins. They only feed 4 female dolphins which are direct decendences of the original party of dolphins which
 have been coming to the beach since the 1960s. They do not feed other female dolphins until they had at least 1 calf so that
they are able to hunt and teach their young how to be a dolphin. I was really lucky and got the chance to give a dolphin a
fish it was amazing how close I was. On the second feed Alex got pulled out of the crowd also!! It was very special and we both
felt very priviledged that we had the opportunity to do it-thanks to the volunteers staying in our room!! We didn't stay to
watch the final feeding of the day because in between each feed the dolphins go back out to sea and they come back to shore when
they are ready and by this time we were hungry. We were later told that 17 dolphins came to shore for the last feeding which
is quite rare, so maybe should of stayed. For the rest of the day we sunbathed on the beach which has resulted in some red bits
in odd places. Practised snorkelling and then after lunch we decided to go to Ocean Park Aqauriaum. It was really cool got to
see turtles, tiger shark (big), lemon sharks, lots of fish and sea snakes. It was done by guided tour so we learnt alot. Not
sure if we are more or less worried about the creatures living in the sea. Seeing the sharks was bloody scary and I would
not want to some across that snorkelling but they also told us that attacks are very rare (excluding great whites, who are just
nasty) and they only attack when feeling threathened. Had a good time in Sharks Bay and looking forward to Coral Bay to do some
snorkelling. 
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