Wednesday, April 17, 2013

| western australia | dolphin watching


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 and today I would like to show you one of my most favorite moments of our holiday - meeting the dolphins in Bunbury.

Bunbury is located on the coast south of Perth and you pass it while driving down towards Margaret River region. Dolphins are a common sight in Western Australia, but the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury is quite special - here the dolphins come up to the beach and visitors have the opportunity to stand in knee-deep water and have a close-up experience with the peaceful visitors.


The volunteers working at the Discovery Centre only feed the dolphins a couple of fish as a treat, but by no means they are their primary food source. The dolphins do not come to eat, but more to play and to explore what is going on. We were super lucky and had up to 5 dolphins showing up this morning - the volunteers recognize them by their fin and share stories about the dolphin we spotted.

Visitors all have to stand in line, nobody is allowed in the water by themselves and no hands are allowed in the water. The volunteers are really strict about the rules which I really loved. Even after seeing the dolphins so many times, they still got excited when they came close to us (some of them swimming as close as 50cm from our legs). It was incredible!

And did you know that dolphins sleep with half of their brain sleeping, the other half concious so they stay above the water to breath? Crazy. The sleep phases last between 4 to 60 seconds - real power naps!

We really loved the experience and with only 10 Dollar entry fee, it's absolutely affordable!

Happy daydreaming! *K

8 comments:

  1. You have had some pretty cool experiences in Australia Kristina and this is definitely one of them.

    Dolphins take the power nap to a whole new level - I had no idea!

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  2. How fun!! That sounds like quite the experience :)

    Love,
    Manda from Eat Cake

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  3. Die Regeln gefallen mir auch :-) Kein Wunder das die Delfine dann auch zu den Besuchern kommen.

    LG
    Manuela

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  4. I love dolphins! They are my favorite.

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  5. I saw dolphins in the wild for the first time here, so magical! And you came so close too, what a wonderful experience.

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  6. It would be great to go to Oban and get to watch dolphins oban there really amazing creatures. They freelyy swim in there and the viewers get to watch them naturally, which is really a great thing.

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