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Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Australia. Author Andrzej Kulka. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Australia. Author Andrzej Kulka

Shark Bay: stromatolites, Shell Beach and dolphins

Shark Bay is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the site is known to the world as one of the few where you can see the stromatolites, colonies of algae that seem rocks, and that is one of the oldest forms of life on earth, are true living fossils.

The area of ​​Shark Bay has a rugged coastline made ​​up of quiet bays, islands, beaches and cliffs where you can observe the local fauna and flora, including rare plants, mammals, reptiles and birds, some of which are only found in this area of Australia. In the waters of the bay you can see the dugongs, humpback whales, giant manta rays, dolphins and sea turtles.

The area retains natural wonders such as the beach of shells in Shell Beach, the Hamelin Pool stromatolites, and the curious dolphins of Monkey Mia. The main town in the area of Shark Bay is Denham, which is located about 800 km north of Perth.

Stromatolites, Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Australia. Author Happy Little Nomad. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Stromatolites, Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Australia. Author Happy Little Nomad

SHELL BEACH: This is one of the most beautiful attractions of Shark Bay, Shell Beach is located about 40 km from Denham and is, as its name indicates, a wide white beach composed of millions of tiny shells Coquina, the shells are so many that reach a depth of 8 meters.

HAMELIN POOL AND THE STROMATOLITES: These unusual formations are created by single-celled organisms known as cyanbacteria and growing at a rate of less than 1 mm per year. Stromatolites are colonies of algae which form hard deposed, dome-shaped, which are known as ‘living fossils’ because these formations of cyanbacteria are among the oldest forms of life on earth.

MONKEY MIA: An important center for pearl fishing, Monkey Mia is now famous for being a place where you can see the dolphins that come to shore to be fed from the hand of the park rangers.

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