Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Glorious Day at Monkey Mia

This morning we headed off early to go and see the Dolphin Interaction (feeding) at Monkey Mia. I had heard a lot about it, both good and bad. But I was pleasantly surprised with how our day turned out. The dolphins have been coming to Monkey Mia for about the past 40 plus years to get fed. The amount varies but we were lucky enough to have a total of 10 dolphins visit the shallows. There were only four to be fed and they are the Mums with new babies. The rest of the ten were the boys playing around and keeping their eyes on their girls. They usually have 2 or 3  interactions daily, between 7.45am and noon. But it is totally dependent when the dolphins would like to arrive. They are only given 3 little fish each, each interaction as to not get them dependant on humans for their food and also so they don't take their attention away from their babies for to long.
Nothing quite like a Dolphins smile

As with most Dolphins with girl has had an altercation with a shark

The Pelicans decided they might try for a fish too
Then after having a yummy buffet breakfast ourselves we decided to go on a 2 1/2 hour cruise on the catamaran Aristocat 2. It was a beautiful calm morning - although the wind pick up a little, to head off and see the dolphins, sea snakes, turtles and dugongs in their natural habitat. It was the perfect way to spend a couple of hours enjoying nature at it's best. The colour of the water was absolutely stunning.
 
Aristocat 2
 
Dolphins playing beside the catamaran

We also visited Blue Lagoon Pearls which have their business on a pontoon off shore. They produce Black Pearls, which can actually be any colour. They are also the first and I think only pearl operator that have developed the process of combining Pearl Shell with Opal or Gold Nuggets. They have also developed another process of producing a pearl with a design embedded in it. Their work is amazing and absolutely beautiful.
 
Blue Lagoon Pearls
 
Right - Gold Nugget in pearl shell
Left - Opal in pearl shell


Dolphin design in pearl shell
 
The almost finished pendants

To top the cruise off we interrupted a couple of turtles in a romantic interlude.


Sorry to intruding!!
It's a wonder the poor girl doesn't drown!!