Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dolphins and Shells

Well I probably shouldn't be blogging right now because I should be working on some of my assignments, or even better yet, sleeping, but I feel like it so I am. :)

I want to tell all of you a little more about my Exmouth trip. I realize that I barely told you anything at all. Especially the best part, so I'm going to start with that. One day we went to a place called Monkey Mia. It has nothing to do with monkeys but everything to do with dolphins. We arrived late afternoon like 5ish and we headed straight for the beach of course. We were told we might get lucky and see the dolphins but they are usually only there during the mornings. Well we were lucky :) There was about 3 that were swimming pretty close to shore. My friends and I weren't swimming in the water but some of our group was and the dolphins swam RIGHT next to them. More than once too. I guess the dolphins there really enjoy human interaction!! So the next morning at 6:30!! I headed out to the beach to watch dolphins being fed. They didn't end up getting fed until 8 but they were there even when I got there. They get food everyday in the mornings. You aren't allowed to stand in the water unless you are one oft he lucky ones chosen to feed them, because they dolphins get so close to the shore. It was spectacular. I've NEVER seen a dolphin up close like that in my life in their natural habitat. They really did like humans. When I first got to the beach they were just sitting about 10 feet from the shore of the water. Just still as stone. They weren't moving or anything. I've never seen anything like it. I didn't even know they could do that!! Needless to say I had dolphins swimming 2 feet away from me multiple times and it was the neatest experience of the whole trip. Definitely my favorite part! I even got close enough to capture their eyeballs in my camera! haha They were nice too b/c when the girls who had their food walked along the shore to show others the dolphins followed like dogs!! Cutest thing! There was a strict No Touch policy though b/c they want the dolphins to not feel threatened so they will come back. There was also around 300 people to watch this so there was more than one spot they were being fed. They told us some really neat facts about dolphins too but I won't bore you with those :)

We saw Nature's Window and the gorge around it. That was really fun too. We had to basically hike to the gorge but it was worth it b/c it was beautiful! We also went to a beach called Shell Beach. It's like 80% made up of all shells. It hurt a little to walk on but it was the coolest beach I've ever been too because it was so different. They had shells about 1/25 the size of my fingernail perfectly formed. Amazing. The beach had little hills too.. something I've never seen before at a beach.  

Ok now I'm tired and decided to start working on stuff. Love you all <3

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what an awesome experience. Dolphins are amazing creatures. Scientist claim that they are among the most intelligent animals on the planet. To be so close to one must have been exhilarating to say the least. I hope you snapped lots of pictures!