Back to nature
The park guide drops a fish on a line into the lagoon and jiggles it up and down. The next moment, menacing-looking fins start cutting through the murky water towards the bridge where you are standing. Everyone squeals and points. The kids crouch down, faces pressed to the wire mesh, trying to get closer. Suddenly, two sharks are there, just beneath your feet – huge, three-metre monsters, circling round and round the fish. One of them shoots up out of the water. You stop breathing. The jaws open. You look right down the mouth of a shark, and then the jaws snap shut on the fish.
Shark Bay Rd, 8 km south of Denham; (08) 9948 1765;
■ Having a meal on the sundeck of the Ocean Park cafe with its stunning ocean views – and a chance to spot sharks, rays or other marine life cruising past, especially in summer.
One of the sea creatures you see at Ocean Park, the stonefish, is the most venomous fish in the world. It really does look like a very spiky stone and it waits, camouflaged on the ocean floor, to snap up anything tasty that comes along. If it is attacked by a larger fish, or accidentally trodden on by a human, it releases venom through the spines on its back.
■ All visits to Ocean Park are guided by a marine scientist who tells you interesting titbits about the exhibits, and hand-feeds them so you get a close-up look.