Shark Bay Marine Park on the Coral Coast of Western Australia is Australia's largest marine embayment at a size of 748,735 hectares.
The bay is home to a myriad of aquatic wildlife including dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and turtles and some 17 species of mammals including humpback whales, 98 species of reptiles and amphibians and more than 230 species of birds.
The world-heritage area contains plant species that are unique and considered new to science, five of Australia's 26 species of endangered Australian mammals, as well as 35% of all of Australia's bird species.
Shark Bay Marine Park bay area boasts a dramatic and beautiful coastline, where rust red cliffs give way to pure white sandy beaches and the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Dugongs of Shark Bay and their Seagrass
Shark Bay became Western Australia’s first World Heritage listed area in 1991. The 12 species of seagrass found in Shark Bay and cover over 4,000 square kilometres of the bay. In fact it has the largest area and largest number of sea grass species ever recorded in one place in the world.
Due to the seagrass, the bay is home to the world’s second largest population of Dugongs, with a resident population of 10,000.
Approximately one eighth of the world's dugong population calls the Shark Bay Marine Park home. The bay area's shallows support a diverse ecology of coral, hyper saline communities, mangroves and sea grass meadows.
Project Eden is a nationally significant conservation project aimed at rejuvenating the ecosystem and creating a safe haven for threatened native wildlife. The Department of Parks and Wildlife has already eradicated foxes, is controlling cats and has reintroduced species such as woylies, malleefowl and greater bilby.
For more information on this project and Shark Bay Marine Park, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife
(DPAW) website or call +61 08 9948 1208.