Day 040, Friday, 8 May 2009


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Tin Can Bay

We got up early and walked up to Norman Point to watch the feeding of the dolphins. Arrived at about 7.45am and two volunteers were already supervising visitors knee deep in water interacting with two male dolphins. We were told these were father and son Indo Pacific Humpback dolphins, which are not open water animals, preferring to keep close to the coast and estuaries.

As the small ferry boat arrived from Rainbow Beach a third female dolphin came in but was chased away by the first two.

The feeding each morning dates back to the 1950s when an injured dolphin was rehabilitated by locals. After he was better he kept coming back for a feed, later bringing his offspring and the ritual continues today.

Denise took the opportunity to queue and feed one of the dolphins and was very taken by how gently he took the fish from her.

At the completion of the feeding as we put shoes and socks back on, again it began to rain. So the weather did not disappoint, giving us another day with a rain storm.

Tin Can Bay is bordered by Snapper Creek on one side and Tin Can Bay Inlet on the other. The origins of the name Tin Can Bay are thought to be derived from the local Aboriginal word Tin-kin or Tincun which means ‘big fish’ or sea cow’.

A large marina is on the Snapper Creek side so in the afternoon we walked through the marina and along what is called the “Wildflower Walk”. The path then crosses through town to the “Bird Walk” that follows the shore of the Tin Can Bay Inlet. The tide was out and all the moored boats were sitting on the sand. As we walked amongst the boats we kept ourselves occupied trying to film and photograph the crabs that ran in front of us before they buried themselves in the sand.

As we returned to the apartment the wind picked up and it began to rain heavily.

Zoom into the map and use the 'Satellite' layer to see our new location.


Tricycle parked outside marina office, Tin Can Bay.

Mud flats, Snapper Creek, Tin Can Bay.

Mud flats Tin Can Bay Inlet, Tin Can Bay.

Pink boat and approaching storm, Tin Can Bay Inlet.

Window in stranded boat, Tin Can Bay Inlet.


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