8/07/2016 – Peace and Serenity
Here is our campground the next morning, so quiet and peaceful.
Looking out over the bay. This area is apparently where many dugongs come to feed and mate in another season.
The Dugong (Dugong dugon), sometimes referred to as a sea cow, is the only true marine mammalian herbivore. It is a strange looking creature with a head designed to ‘vacuum’ seagrass off the sea floor and a dolphin-like tail. It is thought that the legend of the mermaid came about after sailors who had spent too long at sea, spied the dugong and thought they were beautiful women with fish tails. Its closest living relative is the manatee – a freshwater version of the Dugong. Despite appearances they are not so closely related to other sea mammals, rather more related to elephants.
But look to the left, and ….. where has all the water gone? Not to worry it is just low tide. Shark Bay has the world’s second largest dugong population, 15,000 dugongs, and is the world’s most significant dugong behavioural research site. Disappointed not to see any, but there is always next time. Further to the left are copious beds of seagrass that the dugongs come in to feed on during the mating season.
What an amazing day.
Linda took this beautiful photo of a … bird. Not sure what species this is, help please? I decided to play around with my software and see if I could bring out the best of it.
Very pleased with this, and I think it is a Caspian Tern?