Monkey Mia reserve is 25km northeast of Denham in the Shark Bay Marine Park and World Heritage site. Bottlenose dolphins have been coming close to shore for more than fifty years. The area was originally used as a base for the pearling and fishing industries. In the 1960s, a fisherman and his wife began feeding dolphins when returning with their catch. As news of the dolphins coming inshore spread, visitors started to come to see them. In 1990 the waters adjoining Monkey Mia were declared a Marine Park. It is now the lab location for extensive behavioural and biological research on bottlenose dolphins. Parks and Wildlife rangers carefully supervise the Monkey Mia dolphin experience.
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Mia is the Aboriginal term for home or shelter, while the Monkey part of the name is still debated – (a) for a schooner called Monkey that arrived in 1834, (b) from a pearling boat called Monkey that anchored in the late 19th century, (c) after the pet monkeys owned by early Malay pearlers who camped at the location, (d) from an Aboriginal name meaning "salt or bad water", or (e) as a colloquialism for "sheep” …. (Courtesy Wikipedia)