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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Sharks Bay - Cautionary Tales

You would have thought there is a clue in the name...

We arrive at Sharks Bay at our resort - well sort of - Western Australian holidays = motorhomes. Jeremy Clarkson and my husband's nemesis but our little room over looking the bay was nice enough.
The beach is beautiful, the sea is like a mirror. Reminds me of Famagusta but that is where the resemblance ends.

Tale 1

I go along to reception and ask if it is OK to swim along the beach.
Yes, says the receptionist who is of Greek origin - but if you see sea snakes dont touch them.
Oh I say, my eyes widening, and are there lots of sea snakes in the water here ?
Yes, a fair few and you will be surprised how many people see them and try and touch them.

Off I go and avoid the water for a while but the beach is wonderful and we enjoy the walk as the light fades paddling in the shallow and picking up some beautiful shells.

A little further away near the jetty we come across this lovely turtle.

Tale 2

Talking to one of the girls at the restaurant she says casually, yes the water is lovely but best wear reef shoes just in case there are sting rays in the sand and you don't see them.

I start wearing my reef shoes...

Tale 3

We book to go on a cruise and I say to hubby. Take the snorkels, we might get a chance to dive off the boat and swim around in the deep. The first sighting on the cruise literally metres from the beach was a tiger shark.

The eating habits of tiger sharks are summarised in this little paragraph below-

Tiger sharks are the badasses of the sea. They are very aggressive by nature and will stop at nothing to complete a hunt for food. A tiger shark will eat any type of fish, shark, animal, and small entity it can find in the water.This includes pieces of boats and ships, jewellery, clothing, tires, books, and more. If it finds its way into the water there is a good chance a tiger shark is going to dine on it.
So NO snorkelling on this cruise - but best of all was the sighting of a dugong which are the seas biggest herbivores. In contrast to the tiger sharks these guys are vegetarians, eating nothing but sea grass and of the gentlest disposition. There are approx. 10,000 of them in the bay but they are sometimes difficult to see. We enjoyed watching one coming up repeatedly near the catamaran.

I am learning the joys and challenges of exploring OZ. I survived this one intact. There were never truer words spoken then Bill Bryson's opening sentence in his book Down Under that Australia has more deadly things that can kill you than anywhere else in the world.

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