The Ocean Aquarium was next on our ‘Shark Bay’ tour…
Marine life a plenty,
Learning so much about sea life, food chains and environmental laws.
There, we met a lionfish, who stared hard at us,
Then a Moray Eel who gave us slimy, slithery looks;
Did you then know that they had created the ‘Alien’ movie studying this creature?
Two sets of teeth; (inside and out) so run away if they meet you!
Next, was a slippery venomous snake,
Razor sharp undercarriage,
I didn’t want to hold, embrace or take.
Then floating along, came a lucky rescued turtle
Old girl of the sea, I think that they had called her Myrtle?
Reminding me that when you throw away plastic and waste
You may assign some poor creature to a harmful, painful, deadly fate!
Our girls were invited indoors for a visit with us,
So glad that they survived the shark feeding frenzy, with a little bit of care and some luck.
Hiding in the shadows, they barked at those sights…
Although, I really think that they gave those sharks a little fright.
Our tour guide was an American gentle man by the name of Mike;
So enjoyable and interesting, as he told us all about marine life and our sharks plights.
You may think that those sharks are man-eaters of course;
But did you know that they wouldn’t eat us be… cause…
There’s not enough fatty meat on our bones
If they knew that we are humans, then they would definitely leave us alone.
But if I ever meet one, I won’t take that chance,
There is one thing in ‘knowing’ that it’s okay;
Another to be anxious, if you are there, by circumstance.
The next funny creature I had never seen before,
Was a grumpy old stonefish,
Who appeared to look lonely and bored.
Disguised and camouflaged, hiding in that tank,
If you ever step on one, we’ll be hearing your excruciating roars.
Mike had told us, the best cure if ever you do get stung,
Is to immerse yourself in ‘hot’ spa waters, for a long time to dunk!
Hot, Artesian Spa’s they are a plenty right here,
So he said you should sit and soak for 12 hours, while you’re drinking a cold beer.
In the next pool, lived a blue spotted stingray, majestic and serene,
He or she was the most elegant fish, that I think I have ever seen.
So learning about lifestyle, environments and writing some more,
For me this is never a hardship, or ever a bore;
I think that the best classrooms are when you are visiting the great outdoors;
Learning isn’t as enjoyable when you’re sitting trapped within four walls!
Victoria Healing ~ 20.8.2017
Sharks at Bay ~ Hey Momma
Ocean Park Aquarium is an exciting ecotourism venture set on the pristine shores of the Shark Bay Marine Park and World Heritage Area. Customers are taken on an educational guided tour of the facility by a qualified marine scientist, where they meet local marine creatures such as sharks, sea snakes, stonefish, stingrays and many more! Ocean Park is entirely solar powered and produces their own fresh water and is a centre for scientific research and rehabilitation.
Sharks are worth more money in the water than on your plate, a recent study confirms. http://bit.ly/1K1c6Tf
On 23 July 2017 Shark Bay Dive conducted an underwater clean-up of Steep Point. With over 230kg of fishing line, lures, sinkers and assorted waste recovered, the mission was a success. Check out the video below or read our blog to find out more - https://www.sharkbaydive.com.au/shark-bay-ocean-rescue/