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Australia Carnarvon - Shark Bay Marine Park
The many bays, inlets and islands in the Shark Bay region support a profusion of aquatic life. Turtles, whales, prawns, scallops, sea snakes, fish and sharks are common. Communities of corals, sponges and other invertebrates, together with a unique mix of tropical and temperate fish species, have also formed in some areas. The wide intertidal flats on the shores of Shark Bay support a unique community of burrowing molluscs, hermit crabs and other invertebrates. But the very foundation of Shark Bay's ecosystem is the seagrass - meadows and meadows of it!
Bay has the largest area of seagrass and the largest number of species ever
recorded in one place in the world. Elsewhere, one or two species cover large
geographic areas. For example, there is only one species of seagrass in most
of North America and Europe. But in Shark Bay there are 12 species, and, in
some places in the Bay, nine can easily be identified in a square metre.
Denham, on the shores of the Shark Bay Marine Park, is 400 kilometres north from Geraldton and 330 kilometres from Carnarvon. Monkey Mia Reserve is 23 kilometres from Denham.
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