Our destination today was the Monkey Mia (pronounced My-ah) Nature Reserve where tomorrow we will interact with wild dolphins. We are staying in Denham on the Francois Peron Peninsula. Shark Bay is an interesting land formation. The bay is actually two inlets separated from the mainland by two peninsulas. We are 120 kms from the main road so it took us a while to get out here.
Along the way we stopped at two sites. The first being Hamlin Pool, the southern end of the inside bay, were we once again found bacteria colony stromolites. This time there was plenty of water, but because the is limited backflow in this inlet, the water is really salty, like 15%...and the bacteria colonies love it. We walked out onto the boardwalk and took a few photos. Once again the flies were relentless...they are becoming really unbearable without the head nets.
We are at the westernmost spot of Australia. Our hotel claims to be the most western as well since its front door is three feet closer to the water than the one next door...LOL. Also the original building is built with those block. Once again we are enjoyed free nights this time thanks to Expedia points. Our room is nice and clean and we will be cooking in the camper for dinner. Breakfast is included and will be the first for us since Korea. We will be here for two nights.
To get a guaranteed dolphin experience we had to get up at 6:00 and be at the nature reserve at 7:30AM. No issue for us...apparently even though the dolphins are wild, the rangers feed them a few fish each morning to keep them coming back. The crowd was big but manageable. The dolphins showed up on cue and were to open to inspecting the people. You were allowed to go into the water up to your knees, only with attendants, and NO ONE touches the animals. After about twenty minutes of the animals swimming in for a closer look the attendants each gave out three fish...that's all...and the animals took them. There were schools of fish all over and the animals were actively fishing so I didn't feel so bad about the human interaction. Lots of scars from shark attacks on the critters gave pause for thoughts of swimming.