QUICK FACTS

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– English ex­plorer Wil­liam Dampier named

Shark Bay in 1699 due to the num­ber of sharks in the area.

– There is de­bate over where the name Mon­key Mia (pro­nounced My-ah) came from. Mia is the lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal word for home/camp/rest­ing place. Some peo­ple be­lieve Mon­key refers to the name of a ship that vis­ited the area in the 1800s. Oth­ers say it refers to the Malay pearlers who camped in the area and kept pet mon­keys. – Den­ham is the most west­erly set­tle­ment in Aus­tralia and was orig­i­nally a pearling camp named Fresh­wa­ter Camp. Its streets were once paved with pearl shells.

– The WWII naval bat­tle be­tween HMAS Syd­ney and HSK Kor­moran took place 200km off the coast of Shark Bay in 1941.

– Fran­cois Peron is named after a French zo­ol­o­gist who ac­com­pa­nied an ex­pe­di­tion there in 1801 and doc­u­mented some of the ear­li­est de­tails of Shark Bay’s wildlife and first peo­ple.

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