Monkey Mia dolphin interaction
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You stand peering out over the expanse of perfect, green sea stretching in front of you. Suddenly, the unmistakeable curve of a dolphin leaps out of the water. Everyone gasps. The kids grip your hands with excitement. The ranger starts her commentary, but no-one pays attention. All eyes are focused on those beautiful, wild creatures gliding and leaping closer and closer… In moments, the dolphins are nosing playfully in the shallows around the ranger, only a metre away from you. As one of them lifts its head out of the water, you snap a photo of that endearing dolphin smile.
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Department of Environment and Conservation Dolphin Information Centre; (08) 9948 1366
■ The scene from the jetty, where you get a good, relaxed view of the dolphin interaction. Come back another morning and watch.
Monkey Mia is one of the few places in the world where tourists can meet wild dolphins every single day. The dolphins who visit Monkey Mia are bottlenose dolphins. Did you know that bottlenose dolphins are actually small whales? Like other whales, they have blowholes on top of their heads for breathing. They are mammals, and even though they live in water, they have to keep coming to the surface to get air.
■ Monkey Mia is accessible by sealed road.