"Hamlin Pool and Monkey Mia" Australia Things to Do Tip by Myndo

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  Dolphin at Monkey Mia
by Myndo

Located on the road out to Monkey Mia lies Hamlin Pool.
Here you can find the oldest Lifeform on earth - and still living.
They are the Stromatolites, stone-like structures built by living Bacteria. They resemble Corallae.

Its one of the two places in the world where they still exist, and they seem to be doing fine, since they do not have so many problems with the snails here - the water is too salty because it is very flat.

The Stromatolites can be viewed best when its low tide.

Monkey Mia is located on the far end of a half island out into the sea.
You have to drive back the same way. As I remember that will be about 150km one way....

Ok, I may was a little disappointed because I wanted to get close to the Dolphins ... which they won't let you.

They have feedings there (take care: only until 1 pm), but only a few chosen ones are allowed to hand the fish over. No touching or swimming allowed.
The reason for this is, for one that they want to protect these animals of our bacteria and sicknesses and for two, that some ***holes did put their cigarettes in the breathing holes of the Dolphins. Now the rangers will not let the people get close anymore.

The Visitor Centre is interesting and well done. Quite new, too. You can also make a trip with a Catamaran to see the Dungons that also live here.

The name Monkey Mia comes from the Aboriginal word "My-ah" for Home or Hut and "Monkey" was the nickname of the agile indonesian pearl divers that worked here.

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  • Updated Aug 11, 2004
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