Dolphins close-up and a boat cruise
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We got up early to make the drive to Monkey Mia, about 25km further on from Denham. MM is a resort on the beach really, and is famous for the dolphins that come right up to the beach for some fish that the volunteers habd to them. The dolphins are only given a small amount of their daily need so they still have to hunt for fish themselves.
At 730am we were standing on the beach with our toes in the water and a few dolphins were swimming along looking at us a metre away. It was quite an amazing time to watch these beautiful creatures so close and to see one with a 5 month old baby dolphin too.
After the dolphin experience, we climbed aboard the Shotover boat (a tour we booked in Denham) and went out to sea on a catamaran to see some marine life. We spent 2.5 hours on the boat along with a bus load of oldies, which worked in our favour as they didn't want to jump off their seats and get in the way of our photo taking when we saw animals in the sea!! We were very lucky to see a few dugongs, one which was feeding its very young calf. A dugong by the way is a type of sea cow like a walrus/sea lion type thing and cousin of the manatee but very rare, only about 100,000 of them left.
We were also really lucky to see a giant green turtle that actually looked like it waved at us and later on a loggerhead turtle, as well as lots of dolphins swimming about and racing the catamatan.