Wandering Wives – Shark Bay

Published Date Author: , January 6th, 2016

Shell Beach

At the most westerly point of Australia, just below the tropic of Capricorn, lies UNESCO listed Shark Bay. The pristine coast is a haven for all kinds of wildlife with humpback whales, rays, sharks, sea turtles and dugongs spotted in the waters. Still not over a childhood obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sian was particularly excited at the prospect of seeing a turtle.

We headed up the thin cape of land next to shark bay in the hope of seeing some exciting wildlife. Our first stop was at Hamelin pool; our guide book explained that the stromatolites in the water were unmissable. The stumpy coral like formations are made of bacteria almost identical to organisms that existed 3500 million years ago. These organisms are responsible for creating our current atmosphere by using photosynthesis and paving the way for more complex life forms. The revered stumps were about as interesting to look at as they were to learn about and had us considering turning to creationism to avoid spending any more time with them.

We continued up the peninsula in the hope of spotting something more interesting than a stromatolite. As we progressed into the wilderness the rain began to pour from the sky in biblical proportions. It was clearly a sign from someone about something. Maybe the stromatolite Gods were sending us a message about waterproof trousers. Or perhaps Splinter was trying to communicate with Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello. We didn’t know, so we decided to just keep driving until we came across another sign. Like an Ark or something.

Our next stop was Shell Beach, one of only two beaches in the world made entirely of shells. The beach covers over 100 km of coast line and even in the rain it is stunning. Shells cover the entire beach and crunch under foot as you walk on them. When you pick them up to examine them you can see all of the minute details and flecks of colour in the tiny shells…read more on Wandering Wives 

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