Tripps Travel Network Reviews The UNESCO World Heritage Site That You Shouldn’t Miss Shark bay Australia
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Shark Bay is Australia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site for a good reason. This Western Australia location is not only rich in cultural and natural wealth, but it’s also home to features that are seldom seen in other parts of the world. In this article, we are going to cover a few destinations that you shouldn’t miss while visiting Shark Bay.
Hamelin Pool is on the eastern side of Shark Bay. Because of its unique location, the waters can accumulate more salt thus making it hypersaline. In fact, the salinity of Hamelin Pool is almost double compared to normal seawater. While this might be slightly interesting, but that’s not the real highlight of the location.
The hypersaline nature of the waters allows the growth of the Stromatolites. And yes, they are the stars of the show in Hamelin Pool.
Stromatolites are one of the few living fossils. Stromatolites are created by cyanobacteria. Typically, the bacterias are consumed by other lifeforms, which then prevents the creation of Stromatolites. The hypersaline waters of Hamelin Pool mean that there are only a few creatures that can live in such waters, which allows the cyanobacteria to thrive.
In fact, there are only a few handful places on Earth that Stromatolites can be found, like Great Salt Lake, Persian Gulf, and an underwater site in the Caribbean.
The cyanobacteria in Hamelin Pool are direct descendants of the oldest known life forms that can do photosynthesis. The Hamelin Pool’s Stromatolites are very close to a Stromatolite fossil that was dated to be around 3,5000 million years old.
Most of us imagine riding on a dolphin’s back and exploring the seas when were youngsters. While you are still not allowed to ride on a dolphin’s back while in Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, but you can freely interact and play with these cheerful marine mammals.
The Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in Monkey Mia have been friendly and playful with human visitors since the 1960’s. It’s one of the very few places in the world that dolphins visit daily as opposed to being seasonal. The Dolphins visit the beach up to around three times a day, and more common during the mornings. On average, there are seven or eight dolphins that will visit the beach to play with the human tourists. There are up to 20 dolphins that stay on the deeper waters and may take years to build up the confidence to visit the beach.
They call Shark Bay for a good reason. And, you can’t visit the place without checking out the sharks. Of course, you also want to stay safe as possible, and that’s why the Ocean Park in Coral Coast, Shark Bay is a must-visit.
Things get rarely boring in the marine aquarium as they will feature a shark feeding every hour. This means you get to see the sharks in action. That beats watching a shark on a tv screen.
The aquarium also has plenty of shark species for you to witness like lemon sharks, nervous whalers, sandbar whalers and tiger sharks.
Of course, Shark Bay has plenty of other destinations to visit and activities to do. However, if you are still making up your mind on what spots to check-out, we suggest that you don’t miss.