Flora

Shark Bay is one of the most diverse botanical areas in Western Australia.  More than 850 species have been recorded here, where the flora of the temperate southwest meets the flora of the desert and the tropical north.  Of these 850 species, more than 150 are of special scientific interest and several are exclusive to this amazingly unique area. Check out more pictures here: Image Gallery: Flora of Shark Bay 

If you are interested in learning more about wildflowers in Shark Bay and the rest of WA, please visit http://wildflowerswa.net/. For printable information about our Wildflower species see here Wildflowers of Shark Bay

Shark Bay has one of the longest wildflower seasons. Depending on rainfall, the best display of wildflowers in Shark Bay is between July and September. Some of the most outstanding and abundant species include:

Dune Wattle (Acacia ligulata)

Everlastings (Schoenia cassiniana)

Feather Flower (Verticordia cooloomia)

Halgania (Halgania littoralis)

Scarlet Runner (Kennedia prostrata)

Shark Bay Daisy (Brachyscome latisquamea)

Shark Bay Mallee (Eucalyptus roycei)

Tamala Rose (Diplolaena grandiflora)

                                      'image description'       Tamala Rose       Shark Bay Daisy       

Fauna

Shark Bay is a region of major national and international zoological importance.  

Terrestrial Species

More than 35% of Australia's bird species are found in Shark Bay ranging from the tiny Zebra finch to the six foot tall emu. Some of the birds found in Shark Bay are threatened with extinction. For example, the Dirk Hartog Island rufous fieldwren; the Dirk Hartog Island black and white fairy wren; and the Dirk Hartog Island southern emu wren are subspecies only found on Dirk Hartog Island. They find a safe haven on the island as there are no predators.

Shark Bay is also home to around 100 species of reptile including goannas, legless lizards, geckos and, the crowd favourite, the thorny devil. These little lizards are found throughout the Shark Bay area especially in the red sands of the Peron Peninsula.  There are also several species of snake found here, including the woma python, gwader, and mulga.

Some of Shark Bay's mammals are among the world's rarest. Five threatened mammal species call Shark Bay their home and are found in the wild nowhere else in the world. These are the Shark Bay mouse, the western barred bandicoot, the rufous hare-wallaby, the banded hare-wallaby, and the Shark bay boodie.  Other species, like the greater bilby, have been reintroduced to the Shark Bay area after being almost wiped out in other places around Australia.

                                      Shark Bay Mouse                     

Marine Species 

Shark Bay is the meeting place of the warm waters of the north and the cool waters of the south and so provides the best of both worlds to the tropical and temperate species. Shark Bay is home to over 320 species of fish as well as 10% of the world's dugong population. Shark Bay World Heritage area includes Australia's largest nesting colony of loggerhead turtles. 70% of the loggerheads found in Western Australia lay their eggs at Turtle Bay and Shelter Beach at Dirk Hartog Island and also on Dorre Island. Check out the marine calendar to find out what you can expect to see.  Please note that the marine calendar is a general guide only. The waters of the Shark Bay Marine Park is abundant with marine life however sightings cannot be guaranteed as the ocean is a natural environment and its inhabitants, wild animals.

Season   Turtles hatching   Turtles nesting

Shark Bay Marine Calendar
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dolphins
Dugongs      
Turtles
Humpbacks                  
Rays