Monday, April 1, 2024

AUSTRALIA ~ Zuytdorp Cliffs - Shark Bay - UNESCO ~

... Stunning nature view... the Zuytdorp Cliffs extend for about 150 km along a rugged, spectacular and little visited segment of the Western Australian Indian Ocean coast in Shark Bay... they rise up to 250 metres out of the Ocean and were named after the Zuytdorp, a Dutch ship wrecked on the cliffs in 1712... they are part of the Tamala Limestone formation and are of heritage, cultural and geological significance... Shark bay itself covers an area of 1,300,000 hectares, with an average depth of 9 metres with a coastline stretching for 1500km... about 65 percent is marine waters and renowned for its marine fauna.... a scenic coastline with dramatic red cliffs and white sandy beaches... Thanks a lot Helen!ヽ(•‿•)ノ 
Jiri Lochman, Lochman Transparencies

Shark Bay located in the Gascoyne region includes many protected areas and conservation reserves, including Shark Bay Marine Park, Francois Peron National Park, Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, Zuytdorp Nature Reserve and numerous protected islands.The area’s first inhabitants were recorded as Australian Aboriginals.

Shark Bay contains plant species that are unique and has the largest seagrass beds in the world. It is also one of the world's most significant and secure strongholds for the protection of Dugong, with a population of around 11,000. Shark Bay is one of only two places in the world where living marine stromatolites exist. These ancient structures are examples of what life on Earth was like 3.5 billion years ago and are considered living fossils - the earliest record of life on earth.  

In1669, William Dampier made many detailed observations of local wildlife and named the area "Sharks Bay" in recognition of the large number of sharks in the area.

Shark Bay was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1991.

Prestamped postcard

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