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Snorkelling with whale shark

Whale sharks' arrival signals excitement for 2018

Western Australia is preparing for another successful whale shark season, following sightings of the world's largest fish at the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area on the State's Coral Coast. More than 29,000 people visited the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef in 2017 to swim with the gentle giants of the sea that migrate to WA shores between March and August each year to feed on plankton and krill. Adding to the record-breaking year, 2017 saw a total of 1,742 tours take place across the season, with a whale shark sighting success rate of 94 per cent. Whale shark swim tours have begun operating from Coral Bay and Exmouth, and will continue through to July enabling visitors the opportunity to have a face-to-fin encounter with the friendly…

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Snorkelling with whale shark

Whale sharks' arrival signals excitement for 2018

Western Australia is preparing for another successful whale shark season, following sightings of the world's largest fish at the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area on the State's Coral Coast. More than 29,000 people visited the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef in 2017 to swim with the gentle giants of the sea that migrate to WA shores between March and August each year to feed on plankton and krill. Adding to the record-breaking year, 2017 saw a total of 1,742 tours take place across the season, with a whale shark sighting success rate of 94 per cent. Whale shark swim tours have begun operating from Coral Bay and Exmouth, and will continue through to July enabling visitors the opportunity to have a face-to-fin encounter with the friendly…

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Wildlife officer Cam Craigie with one of the rehabilitated juvenile  loggerhead turtles

Mass release of endangered loggerhead turtles

Thirty-three post hatchling loggerhead turtles will be released into Ningaloo Marine Park tomorrow after being found washed ashore along the south-west coast of Western Australia. The release is part of conservation efforts to help this critically endangered marine species, with only an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 females known to nest annually in WA. The turtles were among 54 found by community members on beaches and reported to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). Once reported, the turtles were taken by the Parks and Wildlife Service to Perth Zoo vets for assessment and transferred to two of the State's turtle rehabilitation centres at AQWA and Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre. When found, these turtles weighed between 100-200 grams and eight months on they now weigh…

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$400,000 upgrade for Ningaloo campground

$400,000 upgrade for Ningaloo campground

The Mesa campground in the popular Cape Range National Park is now open for campers following a $400,000 upgrade. Located in the northern end of the park within the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, the campground overlooks a small north-facing bay and has been a popular spot for campers for decades. The upgrade has seen the development of a new loop road with 23 hard surfaced camping bays and more than 500 metres of paths, which provide access for all to beaches, day use areas, visitor car parks and toilets. The spacious camping/caravan bays are 8m wide by 12m deep, and the new toilet blocks and picnic tables have been designed using materials that are suitable for the coastal environment. The area is now serviced…

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Community input sought on Perth Water Precinct Plan

Community input sought on Perth Water Precinct Plan

Perth residents are being encouraged to have their say on the future of the Perth Water precinct - the section of the Swan River and its foreshore between the Narrows and Windan bridges. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service is running a preliminary survey as part of the consultation process and is asking for community members to participate.Survey - Perth Water Precinct Plan.

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