A day at Shark Bay
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Monkey Mia is about twenty minutes from Denham and we got there at about twenty past seven in the morning. We were lucky because we arrived before 730am, entry was free. Otherwise it would have been AU$9 per person! Just to go into the dolphin thing.
Anyway this place is apparently popular for seeing the wild dolphins. The dolphins come into the bay on their own accord every morning and afternoon and though they are fed, they apparently aren't given enough to be dependent on these feedings.
These dolphins were about a metre away from us! We were knee deep in the water and they were so close to us! You aren't allowed to touch them incase you make them sick. Headed off at about 9.
Next: Eagle Bluff.
There is an interesting circular lagoon somewhere inbetween Eagle Bluff and Shell Beach which was our next stop. Didn't stop at the lagoon but it did look cool! A perfect circle!
Shell Beach is quite basically, a beach full of shells! Millions and millions of complete and perfect, but tiny, tiny shells! And they are snow-white. Not the most comfortable stuff to lie on, but at least you don't get sand everywhere! We sat here for a few hours and it was really funny to watch people arriving periodically - because everyone would do the same thing; walk up to the water, pick up some shells, show somebody, and then walk back.
Anyway we were in a real rush after staying here for a few hours. We had only a few days to do this trip since Kevin had to go back to uni (vets start a week earlier than the rest of us). Next was Hamelin Pool. Here, are the oldest living things on the planet. Living rocks, if you may! Stromatolites are the earliest record of life on earth, because of the tiny microbes that build them. The microbes, are similar to those found in rocks that are 3500 million years old. Now that's something! I was excited to see these... even if they didn't do much except sit there and generally be rock-ish.
So after this we headed back down the coast to a National Park called Kalbarri. We got there nearly at sunset, so we got in for free again but it was too late to do any walks. So we made do with the lookout points which were spectacular enough. Kalbarri has lots of gorges and things like that that remind me of the type of thing you see in NT (australia's Northern Territory). We slept in the car again in a carpark in the town of Kalbarri which is rather an odd little town. The car got a wash in the middle of the night by a nearby sprinkler that came on in the middle of the night! By 7am the next morning there were already heaps of cars zooming around.