Shark Bay

English buccaneer William Dampier named this World Heritage-listed area Shark Bay upon noting the large numbers of sharks. Huge tiger sharks still frequent the waters, but this bay protects an astonishing range of marine life. Included in this list are resident and visiting populations of dolphins, whales and dugongs. Bottlenose dolphins have been coming close to shore at Monkey Mia since the 1960s to be handfed. Along the bay’s mainland coast, one of the world’s largest populations of dugongs grazes on extensive seagrass meadows, breed and raise their young. Humpback whales rest at Shark Bay on their long migrations, and there are also manta rays, sea snakes, and green and loggerhead turtles.

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