"The Dophin experience" Monkey Mia Things to Do Tip by kooka3

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Mokey Mia reserve is in Shark Bay World Heritage Area. It is famous for the rare experience of being able to interact with wild dolphins. The interaction area has been extabled so the dophins can swim without being disturbed by swimmers or boats, but humans can wade into the water as see the dolphis as they come within meters of the shore. Most days, there are 3-4 female dophins and their calves who visit the shore every day. Researchers have identified more than 70 dolphins who regularly come into the bay.

When you visit, there will be rangers who will monitor interactions. They will pick several people to come into the water to feed the dolphins (I was one of the lucky ones! YAY!!). Dolphins are fed about 2kg of fish each day by people. This is only about 1/3 of their daily needs, so they are not dependent upon the people and are not tame.

There is a swimming area away from the interaction area. Dolphins have been known to approach you then, too!

A few tips to keep the dolphins and people safe: don't use sunscreen on any part of your body entering the water (legs, hands, etc). Don't touch the dolphin's head, blowhole, or tail. Wait for the dolphin to approach you. Follow the directions of the ranger. Watch for signs of agitation from the dolphins.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 13, 2006
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