Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
Published May 15th 2022
Like many, I was not attracted to the concept of snorkelling for two simple reasons. The first was the fear of sharks and the second was the inability to breathe through a snorkel. Arguably, the latter was quickly overcome when a scuba instructor taught me how the snorkel worked, and how it should be used. The former will always be a risk because one is entering into shark domain. However, I have recently come to learn about some amazing reefs, around Western Australia, which offer some protection while allowing one to enjoy the world underwater. As such, practically anyone can enjoy the wonders of marine life.
Port Jackson Shark - Photo compliments of Social Hummingbird
My first introduction to the marine world was at Coogee's Omeo Shipwreck. It was a few years ago, and I only saw a glimpse of it while I was swimming with only a mask on. However, this year it was different. I could swim above the wreck, watching the amazing world of sea life without having to consistently lift my head to breathe. It is incredible how much more one can see when you are not bopping your head up and down.
Shipwreck by Coogee - Photo Compliments of Social Hummingbird
However, just to the left of Mettams Pool is a somewhat rocky area with a few crevasses. After gaining more confidence in the water, I decided to explore this area. This was by far the most spectacular underwater environment I have ever seen. I was able to see rays, octopuses, fish of all kinds, starfish and even a couple of Port Jackson sharks. These sharks are not aggressive and I would argue, one of the cutest shark species I have seen. In fact, Port Jackson sharks are bottom-dwelling sharks, feeding off small invertebrates such as starfish and crabs. Males mature between 8 and 10 years of age and females mature between 10 to 14 years of age.
Making new friends at Mettams - Photo Compliments of Social Hummingbird
Another amazing snorkelling location which I was invited to, was at Flinders Bay in Augusta. This area is also protected by a reef and offers a view of spectacular marine life in very clear water. There are times when clarity is low due to weather conditions. However, I was fortunate enough to experience crystal clear water.