Do you ever have a day that turns into something magically unexpected? Our last Sunday was like that. We are blessed to live near water, the Collie River, the Leschenault Estuary, Koombana Bay and the Indian Ocean. We decided to take our boat out in the bay to see if we could catch a feed of herring.
The water was at it's sparkling best. So flat the reflections were a perfect copy.
The pelicans were at their usual spot having their morning meeting on the sandbar between the river and the estuary.
And soon we were out in Koombana Bay with the Indian Ocean beyond.
As soon as we anchored a dolphin swam right up to our boat. I had my newish point and shoot camera with me. It has an underwater feature that I hadn't used before. I leant over the edge of the boat with the camera, but at this angle I couldn't see the camera screen, so I just pointed the camera in the general direction of the dolphin and kept snapping.
The dolphin came right up to where I was. Then minutes later returned with her baby. This was a truly magical and most amazing experience to interact like this with these wild dolphins. It is a day that I will always remember. We have encountered dolphins many times out in the bay, but never like this.
At one stage we had four or 5 dolphins swimming around our boat. But despite this we still managed to catch our bag limit of herring.
In Bunbury the Dolphin Discovery Centre located on the Koombana Bay beachfront aims to educate people about wild dolphins through their education programs, interpretive centre, beach interactive zone, and dolphin boat tours.
Koombana Bay is home to about 50 dolphins who live in the Bay all year. An estimated additional 100 visit throughout the year.
You can read more about the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre, their history and work by visiting their website here - Bunbury dolphins
People are advised if out boating to let the dolphins come to you, don't pursue them, and please don't feed or touch them.
Have you ever had a dolphin smile at you?
Other places in Western Australia where you can interact with wild dolphins are:
The Peel-Harvey Estuary at Mandurah
Monkey Mia, Denham, Shark Bay
We are so lucky to have these amazing creatures so close to home.
The camera I used is a Olympus Tough
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