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In depth, exclusive, information about the shot of Tiger Shark filmed in Western Australia
Photograph of the Australian red-clay cliffs

Shark Bay is so rich in biological and physical wonders that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s one of only a handful that meet all the criteria: evolutionary significance, ongoing ecological processes, biodiversity, and outstanding natural phenomena.

One of the film crew’s goals was to
capture the surrounding red-clay sea cliffs in their primordial splendor.

Shark Bay harbors the world’s largest
sea grass beds, over 2,500 square miles (4,000 square kilometers).

Dolphins put Shark Bay on the map. The beach at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, on Shark Bay, has long been visited by wild bottlenose dolphins. The shallow waters make it easy to observe the animals in their natural environment, making the area a draw to researchers and tourists. There are sections of beach where one can swim with dolphins, but interactions with them are strictly controlled.

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Photograph of West and Gerasimenko with equipment walking down the beach

Photograph of the Shark's Bay sea grass beds

Photograph of a group of bottlenose dolphins

Photograph of the tourists feeding the dolphins

Photograph of a bottlenose dolphin

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