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    The Dophin experience

    by kooka3 Written Aug 13, 2006

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    Mokey Mia reserve is in Shark Bay World Heritage Area. It is famous for the rare experience of being able to interact with wild dolphins. The interaction area has been extabled so the dophins can swim without being disturbed by swimmers or boats, but humans can wade into the water as see the dolphis as they come within meters of the shore. Most days, there are 3-4 female dophins and their calves who visit the shore every day. Researchers have identified more than 70 dolphins who regularly come into the bay.

    When you visit, there will be rangers who will monitor interactions. They will pick several people to come into the water to feed the dolphins (I was one of the lucky ones! YAY!!). Dolphins are fed about 2kg of fish each day by people. This is only about 1/3 of their daily needs, so they are not dependent upon the people and are not tame.

    There is a swimming area away from the interaction area. Dolphins have been known to approach you then, too!

    A few tips to keep the dolphins and people safe: don't use sunscreen on any part of your body entering the water (legs, hands, etc). Don't touch the dolphin's head, blowhole, or tail. Wait for the dolphin to approach you. Follow the directions of the ranger. Watch for signs of agitation from the dolphins.

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    The Dolphins

    by Myndo Updated May 9, 2006

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    Dolphin

    I was thinking about putting this under Tourist Trap, but it wouldn't be fair to the Place.
    Monkey Mia is located on the far end of a half island out into the sea.
    You have to drive back the same way. As I remember that will be about 150km one way....

    Ok, I may was only disappointed because I wanted to get close to the Dolphins ... which they won't let you.

    They have feedings there in a special area they call "dolphin interactive area".
    Take care: feedings are only until 1 pm) and only a few chosen ones are allowed to hand the fish over. No touching or swimming allowed anymore.

    The reason for this is for one that they want to protect these animals of our bacteria and sicknesses and for two that some ***holes did put their cigarettes in the breathing holes of the Dolphins. Now the rangers will not let the people get close anymore.

    The name Monkey Mia comes from the Aboriginal word "My-ah" for Home or Hut and "Monkey" was the nickname of the agile indonesian pearl divers that worked here.

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    Monkey Mia visitor Centre and other things

    by Myndo Written May 9, 2006

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    The Visitor Centre is interesting and well done. Quite new, too.
    Modern building with electronic displays and info tables about sea life.

    You can also make a trip with a Catamaran to see the Dugongs that also live here. Book at the Visitor Centre. A picture of a Catamaran you can see in my picture.

    There is a walking trail, called Discovery Trail, starting at the Visitor Centre.
    2 km long, one should take 1-2 hours to do it. It is easy walk and good for bird watching. It is also quite hot during the day. If you want to do some bird watching, come in the early morning or late afternoon, when they are most active

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    Monkey Mia

    by didgeridorien Written Mar 1, 2006

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    Go here if you want to see dolphins up close, together with hundreds of other people. I recommend you to go to the earliest show, because the tourist busses haven't arrived yet at that time. You've also got the best chance of seeing the dolphins, because they are fed there and they might not be hungry anymore later in the day. If they don't show up you can always try the next show.

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    Shell Beach

    by didgeridorien Written Mar 1, 2006

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    This beach is 110 km long and is made up of crushed shells instead of sand. Because the shells are really white and the ocean is blue, you really get that paradise feeling. Just don't walk there on your bare feet.

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    Hamelin Pool

    by didgeridorien Written Feb 28, 2006

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    You can find the worlds best known colony of stromatolites here. These masses are millions of years old and were formed by microbes. Stromatolites have existed for over 3.5 billion years. At Hamelin Pool, there's a boardwalk across them to have a good look.

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    Boat trip.

    by kid-keith Written Feb 16, 2006

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    Also when visting the Dolphinn Heritage centre at Monkey Mia, they run a boat trip there in which we went on.This was most enjoyable as you might get the chance to see the elusive Dugong we did, we saw 2 of them and also shoal of Spanish Mackeral you wouldn`t believe how quick they swim.

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    Dolphin Heritage.

    by kid-keith Written Feb 16, 2006

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    When visting Monkey Mia, you would be stupid not to go to the Dolphin heritge centre there and see the Dolphins being fed as they come right in close to the beach we were really lucky as there was a new born baby Dolphin with it`s family there the time we visted.

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    Shell Beach, Western Australia

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 13, 2005

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    Shell Beach is formed from billions of tiny shells and is between 7 to 10 metres deep.

    After a walk on this beach head down to Hamelin Bay to see the stromalites.

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    Stromatolites at Hamelin Pool

    by stevezero Written Jan 15, 2005

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    Stromatolites at Hamelin Pool

    These ancient cyanobacteria often grow in colonies, trapping sediments with mucous to form great mats, or reefs of rock-like structures called stromatolites. Hamelin Pool's salinity levels are so high that plants and grazing animals cannot survive. As a result, stromatolites now flourish in area.

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    Little Lagoon

    by stevezero Written Jan 15, 2005

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    Little Lagoon

    Situated about 5 kms from Monkey Mia, is Little Lagoon.
    It is a perfect spot for a little wander, a barbeque or a picnic.
    It was formed when sea levels were much higher than today and has left the legacy of fine beaches.
    When we were there it was deserted.

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    More Dolphins

    by stevezero Updated Jan 15, 2005

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    Ge tin a close with a dolphin

    Dolphins have been coming ashore at Monkey Mia since the 1960's, and now you often see different generations of the animals.
    They are part of a larger pod in Shark Bay and over 100 are to be recognised, from there distictive fin features.

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    The Dolphins

    by stevezero Written Jan 15, 2005

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    Don't call me Flipper

    The dolphins are and , and no doubt will always be, the top drawer of Monkey Mia.
    They come ashore each morning in to the shallows of the bay.
    You can wade out into the sea and interact with the creatures and you may be lucky enough to get the chance to feed one.
    The dolphins remain wild and unlike a seaworld, they are not forced into an unnatural situation that they do not control

    There is a small charge to enter the National Park

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    Wildlife Cruise

    by icyjo24 Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    Catamaran 'Shotover'

    You can take a 1 hour wildlife cruise on a catamaran for just AUD$30 to 35. The catamaran is very stable whle cruising so no worries of getting seasick during the cruise. A few visitors will get the opportunity to help raise the sail when the catamaran is setting off. If you are lucky, you may get to see dolphins, dugongs, turtles or whales. I took the catamaran 'Shotover' for AUD$30 with discount. However, we only manage to see a few dolphins. We were not so lucky as we were not able to spot other marine animals.

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    Pelicans 1

    by icyjo24 Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    Pelican

    Remember the bird that saved Nemo and Nemo's dad in the movie 'Finding Nemo'? You will find several of these big pelicans resting at the sands of the Monkey Mia beach or swimming at the waters off the beach. Don't provoke them, they will snap at you if you get too close to them from the front.

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