Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cape Leveque

We decided to kill another windy day with a day trip to the most northern part of the Dampier Peninsula visiting Cape Leveque and One Arm Point.

Our first appointment was with Barry the tour guide at the trochus farm (aka Ardyaloon Trochus Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre) at One Arm Point. I forgot to ask him how it got its name (we would like to assume croc related)!

Ellen's account:
Today we drove to a trochus shell place. They had lots of barramundi and a couple of sea turtles. They had some clownfish, bluebones and some barramundi cod. We fed all of them. There was a tiny turtle that was only 21 days old. It was so cute and it bit Tom!
Here are two of Ellen's turtle pictures

The Tom-biter!
A highlight is the crowd reaction when the large barramundi take the trochus flesh from the hands of the unwitting! We had some idea of what to expect as we had seen video from when Harry & Helen, Richard, Annie, Ruby, Banjo and Moses had visited two years ago. It was still dramatic as you can see from this year's video!....

Hannah bought this beautiful trochus shell at the hatchery

On the way to Cape Leveque we dropped in at the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. Aside from the industrial looking bits there is a very classy little display area with some of those perfectly round pearls carrying triple-figure price tags.We then paid our way to be day visitors to the Kooljaman at Cape Leveque resort, found ourselves a delightful beach shelter and raced off for a swim ..... or a play in the sand ...... or some snorkelling ...... or fishing ....... or a bit of birding!

The bird list looked promising!

A really interesting depiction of the seasons

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