Dugong grazing - spot one of these rare creatures at Shark Bay or Ningaloo in Western Australia.

photo by Pete Atkinson It’s habitat is the warm coastal waters from the western Pacific Ocean to the eastern coast of Africa. Fun Fact: The Dugong is the only living herbivorous mammal that is strictly marine.

Whale shark at Exmouth, Western Australia.  It's been years and I still have nights I dream I am back there again. Truly...paradise

Whale sharks migrate to the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park every year around two weeks after the annual coral spawning on the reef. Swimming with the whale sharks in the deep blue ocean off the continental shelf is an unforgettable experience.

Tom Campbell's photo, taken at the Ningaloo Reef, West Australia.

Swimming with whale sharks near Cancun, Mexico — Oh my gosh how amazing would this be. Another thing added to my bucket list

Sunrise at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, Exmouth, Western Australia

aussie lighthouse - Vlamingh Lighthouse near Exmouth, Exmouth, Western Australia

Picture of a snorkeler and a giant manta ray in Ningaloo Reef, Australia

April 2013 Manta Ray and Snorkeler, Australia Photograph by Violeta Jahnel, My Shot. A snorkeler appreciates the beauty of a giant manta ray in Ningaloo Reef, off Australia’s west coast.

OH Australia!!!   What to see on Ningaloo Reef:        Between May and November, manta rays come to the reef and can be seen by divers and snorkellers.      From July to November the migration of humpback whales passes by. They can be viewed from land or on boat-based whale watching trips.      November to February is turtle-nesting season, when three species of sea turtles lay their eggs on the shores of the Coral Coast.

The giants of Ningaloo

Something I've always wanted to do - Wale Shark diving in Western Australia

Australia's Coral Coast-Ningaloo Reef, http://www.escapefish.com/destinations/australia/exmouth

Is snorkeling next on your list ? Plan your next holiday in Phuket.

December 1972: LOnely Planet founders Tony & Maureen Wheeler arrived on this beach in Exmouth, Australia after travelling overland across Europe and Asia. With only a few dollars left in their pocket and a relentless sense of adventure, this is where it all began.

December LP founders Tony & Maureen Wheeler arrived on this beach in after travelling overland across Europe and Asia. With only a few dollars left in their pocket and a relentless sense of adventure, this is where it all began.

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The noise a Dugong makes by flapping its huge upper lip and crunching its large teeth can be heard distinctly 200 yards or more away. The sound is much like that of a horse grazing in a pasture!

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