2012 marks the 21st anniversary of Shark Bay’s UNESCO World Heritage status. Located on WA’s mid north coast, Shark Bay satisfies all of the four natural criteria to be World Heritage listed -natural beauty, biological diversity, ecological processes and earth’s history.
Covering 2.2 million hectares of land and sea, the Shark Bay World Heritage Area is home to the stromatolites (original producers of oxygen) of Hamelin Pool, Shell Beach (120 kilometres long and approximately 10 metres deep in cockle shells), the red and rugged Francois Peron National Park and many endemic species of flora and fauna. More than 320 species of marine life inhabit the 1500 kilometres of Shark Bay, including manta rays, whales, turtles and the famous dolphins of Monkey Mia. Shark Bay’s vast sea grass meadows also support around 10 per cent of the world’s dugong population. W: www.australiascoralcoast.com