[:en]Our West Australian coast line is unique for so many reasons. Its impeccable beauty, unique colours and seemingly endless stretches of pure sandy beaches make it a pretty amazing place to call home. As well, our coral coast is home to some pretty incredible species! Depending on the time of year you visit us you may even catch a glimpse of one or two!
Boasting the title of largest fish in the ocean, these amazing creatures can be seen from Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef around the months of March to August. Many companies offer charter boats which will take you out to sea to experience a once-in-a-lifetime swim and snorkel. There aren’t many places around the world which boasts the chance to swim with whale sharks, so make the most of this wonderful opportunity.
The Australian Sea Lion is the rarest in the world, but lucky for us they can be spotted all year-round frolicking in our WA waters. The most popular place to sight them along our coral coast is Jurien Bay, just a 2.5-hour drive from Perth! There are plenty of options to see these amazing creatures, but remember; look and don’t touch! There are only an estimated 12,000 of these creatures left in the wild and conservation is a must!
If you drive the extra mile to Coral Bay you can take part in a peaceful swim with the manta rays, with tours departing daily all year long! These totally toothless creatures have no stinging barbs, making them very safe to be around. If you catch them on a cheeky day, you might even get to see the males splashing around in attempts to impress a female friend.
Western Australia is ranked as one of the top international destinations for spotting these fun and friendly creatures. One of the best places to experience them is the scenic town of Monkey Mia, along our coral coast. If you’re lucky you might even be chosen by the trainers to feed the dolphins breakfast from the beach. Talk about a breakfast you won’t forget!
Our WA coast is home to 6 of the 8 sea turtle species in the world! While that alone is pretty amazing, it’s nothing compared to the contribution our state makes towards the research and conservation of these animals. Visit Ningaloo Reef to take part in helping to re-establish breeding colonies, and catch a special glimpse of the sea turtles laying and hatching eggs.
So there you have it, our top 5 animals of the coral coast. A trip to Western Australia simply isn’t complete without seeing one of these beautiful creatures.[:]