Rare animals in Western Australia gather to escape the heat

Updated on 23 January 2014, 12:28 AEST
Compiler: Li Weiguo Editor: Fang Teng

The hot weather in the Shark Bay area of ​​Western Australia has attracted unusual "beachers" to gather in the waters near the famous scenic spot Monkemia, forming a natural picture of various poses.

Emus taking a dip at Monkey Mia Western Australia gathers rare marine life to escape the heat (Credit: ABC)

Earlier this week, as the temperature in Monkey Mia has been hovering around 40 degrees, the hot weather has attracted various animals to flock to the beach to escape the heat. Katie Hughes, a local, said the weather is too hot, possibly 41 degrees. She saw five emu plunge into the water to cool her paws. These emu walking along the beach first walked to the water's edge, stared at the water, and then looked at each other and plunged into the water collectively. Sometimes they lie on the water, and sometimes make a little churn to cool themselves down. The scene was so wonderful, she had to take a photo of them.

Hughes said that emu is a frequent visitor to the beach, but she has never seen them swimming. It is currently the peak season of wildlife breeding in Monkemia, attracting many tourists who come to watch dolphins there. At the same time, there are a lot of other animals at this time. Hughes said: "We can see some very rare dolphins and dugongs commonly known as'mermaids' every day." In addition, there are two kinds of turtles, sharks and an amazing number of rays.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts that the temperature in the Shark Bay area will cooler for the rest of this week, dropping to more than 30 degrees.

Monkemia Beach, located 850 kilometers north of Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is located in the World Heritage Reserve of Shark Bay. It is famous for its unique marine environment and is currently the habitat of the most endangered marine life in the world. Summer attracts many tourists.