"Shark Bay World Heritage Site" Hamelin Bay by icyjo24

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Where life evolves...

Shark Bay Marine Park is a world heritage site that is 748,735 hectares in size and covers 1500km of coastline. It is the sanctuary for marine life such as dolphins, dugongs, sea snakes, sharks, manta rays, turtles etc. The bay is flanked by spectacular coastline, sea cliffs, turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. The bay region has the largest number and area of seagrass species in the world, an important source of food for marine life.

Of all the 720 World Heritage Sites in the world, Shark Bay is one of the 16 that satisfy all the four criteria for the listing. These 4 criteria include

1) Represents the major stages of the Earth's evolutionary history as exemplified by the stromatolites at Hamelin Pool

2) Significant ongoing biological evolution and geological process which contributes to the physics, geology, chemistry and biology of the bay ~ the vast seagrass beds

3) Possessing unique, rare and superlative phenomena and features of natural beauty as Shark Bay is one of the world's few hypersaline marine environments whereby the seawater in shallow bays become highly concentrated ~ Shell Beach, Stromatolites, Zuytdorp Cliffs, Peron Peninsula, Dirk Hartog Island

4) Geographical formations and islands that have protected many species of threatened fauna and flora

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  • Last visit to Hamelin Bay: Nov 2004
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