My third once in a lifetime sight was a mermaid! Can you see her?
I’ve long been fascinated by Dugongs (sometimes called Sea Cows, or even the unflattering Sea Pig), so as soon as we knew we were going to Shark Bay I booked tickets on the eco-friendly 'Shotover' in the hope that I got to see a Dugong.
We were so lucky - we saw dozens of Dugongs!
The Sea Grass Meadows of Shark Bay provide an important refuge for these Sea Cows.
The vast Sea Grass meadows (the dark bits in the above photo) were one of the values taken into account when Shark Bay was listed on the World Heritage list. Shark Bay is one of the few places on Earth to satisfy all four of the natural criteria for World Heritage listing (others include the Great Barrier Reef, Galápagos Islands, and Grand Canyon), ranking it as one of our planet’s most important wilderness regions.
It's one very special place.
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