Relaxing in Monkey Mia With The Dolphins – Western Australia

Got to Monkey Mia after 12 hours on bus. It’s just a resort right on the beach front, beautiful weather and away from everything, bliss. Monkey Mia is famous for the dolphins. Since the 1960’s 3 generations of dolphins come in each morning to be fed 3 times between 8am and 12pm, and they pick people out of the crowd to feed them. I was walking along the beach and one of them just came up and started to swim around everyone interacting, they get so close and are really playful. There are also loads of emus just casually sauntering around the resort. There are turtles swimming around really close too, they will poke their little heads out to take some air, then go under for a swim again, so cute. Went on a boat cruise to see Duogongs, but didn’t see any as its getting out of season and their really shy, but saw some HUGE green turtles and dolphins.

Managed to get a HUGE wooden splinter stuck in my heel and couldn’t get it out, so went to the office where 2 women, one of them an ex-paramedic tried to get it out, but failed. She said “Whoa, that’s a ripper!” when trying to pull it out, and after about 20 minutes she said I could either go to hospital in Perth (10 hours away) and get it cut out, or wait to see if it came to the surface after a few days. Well, I could not weight bare on my foot so was walking around like a constipated penguin, and I could not sleep due to the throbbing stabbing agony of it. It was torture. Next morning got up to watch the early dolphin feed, and it’s only the females that get fed. The calves need to learn to hunt for themselves and if the males get fed they turn aggressive towards the females (surprise surprise- food aggression in males, shock horror!). There were about 8 of them around, including the young calves playing, and they get to about 2 foot away from you, and they roll over and eye you up to check you out, and chatter away, So adorable. Afterwards I went on a camel ride along the beach, and the guy doing it was called Henk, and my camel was Digger. Henk taught me all about camels and I learnt so much, they are beautiful and gentle creatures, and when I fed them carrot they took it out of my hand so gently. Henk is passionate about animal welfare so we had a very in-depth conversation about it. Afterwards I mentioned my splinter, so he told me to sit down, took one look at it, then reached in his pocket and pulled out and flicked open a knife. I turned away at this point feeling slightly faint, but he cut and dug away at the hard skin on my heel. I was wincing and making a few squealing sounds, but he got the bugger out. It was so big; I can’t believe I managed to get something that size stuck in there. I was so grateful I was gushing like an awestruck schoolgirl and gave him a huge hug in thanks. I was so grateful it was unreal, then he cupped my heel in his hand for about 10 minutes to let the heat ease the pain, and it certainly worked. I can walk again – it’s a miracle!

Went on the sunset evening cruise after which I got free with booking the other one. One thing I learnt about Bottlenose dolphins is they are actually one of the most aggressive species of dolphins, and groups of 2 or 3 males will ‘kidnap’ a female, keep her captive for up to a month, not letting her out of their sight so no other male can mate with her, and they will even kill her calve to make her more ‘receptive’. Come on now guys, aggressive, intimidating and bullying behaviour is really not the way to go now. Just get over yourselves and learn to take NO for an answer. Honest to god! Anyway, once the females are let go, they go off and mate with multiple partners. It’s called Karma.

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    Thomas Neal was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a bookseller before shifting to publishing where he worked at a literary development company, a creative writing website for millennials, and as a book reviewer of adult and young adult novels. He lives in New York City and is obviously a voracious reader. He has just released his debut novel and working on his second already!

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