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_EBT8723As humans we like to think we’re pretty clever, after all we build things, we invent things, we control the environment around us, we are masters of all we survey.  So why is it that we are so awed when a wild thing accepts us into its domain without reservation?  It’s irrelevant what the animal is, a whale, a dolphin, a lion, a sea-lion it makes not a dot of difference, our superior bearing and arrogance evaporates and we are left in child like wonder and infatuation.

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We have just spent the better part of the last week at Hamelin Bay in the Margaret River region of southwest WA.  A stunning area in its own right but even more notable for its resident population of large bull rays and eagle rays that frequent its shoreline.

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Time and time again we saw the awe and delight that these friendly goliaths of the deep instilled in those who came to see them.  As they glided gently past, completely unfazed or perturbed by the attention, faces, both young and old alike,  lit up with each close encounter.

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_DSC0270Thought I’d like to give Ocean Park and the great crew that run it a plug. Only a short drive out of Denham and overlooking Shark Bay it’s a great spot to spend a few hours.

Now if you’re looking for the slickness of SeaWorld with its acres of exhibits, extravagant shows and an Adventureland playground complete with pirate ships and forts you’ll be bitterly disappointed.

Ocean Park is to Sea World what the Tiger Moth is to the 747. It’s small, it’s devoid of glitz and it’s all the better because of it. The tours are small and personal and the guides are extremely knowledgeable with boundless enthusiasm for all things marine (which shouldn’t surprise me, some of them looked like they should still be in school, damn I must be getting old)

Even if the aquarium and tour isn’t to your cup of tea, sitting on the café deck, which overlooks the bay, and watching the passing parade of turtles, stingrays and the occasional shark cruising the shallows while sipping on a coffee or enjoying a sumptuous lunch is pretty hard to beat.

http://oceanpark.com.au/

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