I am still going through all my pictures of Western Australia to write about places I loved the most during my trip with my parents - today I would love to show you Hamelin Bay.
Hamelin Bay is a located between Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste close to Karridale and we stopped there en route to Cape Leeuwin to see some amazing limestone caves.
The bay is not only absolutely stunningly beautiful (think white sand and crystal clear blue water), but it holds quite a surprise underneath its water. Like my dad, I am big fan of wildlife and animals, so we had to check out the beach and its large population of rays, the largest being eagle rays.
It was amazing, Unforgettable really! Nature is incredible!
The rays are peaceful and calm - and they came super close to the shore!! Some of them were maybe 1 meter away from me in the swallow water. Totally showing of! Splashing water and having a feed.
My mom was quite worried about the long and dangerous looking stings and me walking along them, letting them come really close in waist deep water. All was good and I shot some great pictures and just enjoyed their company.
You see the dark spot in the black /white picture with my dad in the background? That big black spot in the water? That is one of the enormous eagle rays, just to show you the dimensions. A-mazing!
And oh, just after writing this yesterday one of my friends called me to let me know that her boyfriend has been stung by a stingray while kitesurfing the day before (here in Melbourne) - must have been the worst pain he ever had! So, please , be careful when approaching stingrays - I might have been a bit careless back then!
But hey, beautiful creatures after all , right? *K