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Day 56 - Saturday - 30 June 2012

Denham

We were up at 6:15 am this morning and on the road at 6:45 am heading for Monkey Mia which is 25 kms away to see the dolphin feeding. We arrived at 7:15 am just after sunrise and were told to hurry up and wait on the boardwalk for a ranger who would conduct the dolphin feeding. We were invited onto the beach and again had to wait for the dolphins who obviously hadn't made a firm appointment. Eventually a handful of dolphins arrived, but obviously they were doing their own fishing just up the beach and were not desperate for free fish. A handful of the people lining the beach were invited into the water to feed garfish to the dolphins - they are on a limited diet of free fish (300 to 600 grams each) so that they do not get dependent on a handout.

Monkey Mia Visitors Centre

Monkey Mia Visitors Centre

Monkey Mia Resort

Monkey Mia Resort

A couple of playfull dolphins

A couple of playfull dolphins

Where's my fish

Where's my fish

Hand feeding the dolphins

Hand feeding the dolphins

A Pelican looking for fish

A Pelican looking for fish

A camel train setting off up the beach

A camel train setting off up the beach

After the dolphin feeding had finished we adjourned to the Resort Restaurant for a buffet breakfast - $26.50 each for as much as you could eat. After breakfast we checked out the souvenir shop and moved on to the theatre to watch a video on dolphins while we waited for our 3 hour dolphin and dugong cruise that was timed for 10:30 am. Our cruise boat - Aristocat 2 - is a 60 ft aluminium catamaran weighing about 16 tonnes and capable of 14 knots under power or sail. Our cruise took us out over the seagrass beds looking for dugong, dolphins and turtles. We did not find any dugongs, and only one turtle, but lots of dolphins who were ready to play.

Aristocat 2 - Dugong and Dolphin Cruise

Aristocat 2 - Dugong and Dolphin Cruise

Hoisting the mainsail - where's the Jones boy

Hoisting the mainsail - where's the Jones boy

6 dolphins riding the bow wave

6 dolphins riding the bow wave

Dolphins having fun

Dolphins having fun

At the end of the cruise we did a detour to the Blue Lagoon Pearl Farm for a demonstration of the different types of pearls and the methods of pearl seeding.

Blue Lagoon Pearl Farm at Red Cliffs Beach

Blue Lagoon Pearl Farm at Red Cliffs Beach

Pearl farm workboat

Pearl farm workboat

Blue Lagoon Pearls

Blue Lagoon Pearls

Posted by TwoAces 03:15

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