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Bird-watchers flock to Point Danger, to view Australia's only mainland colony of Australasian Gannets. Located just 6km out of Portland, the colony can be accessed of Madeira Packet Road, near the Portland Aluminium. ( signposted)
More than 6000 pairs of these birds nest at Point Danger, and Lawrence Rocks. 2km south of the mainland. The main colony is an ideal place to observe birds in all stages of life, from chicks and grey coloured immature gannets, to the mature adult birds with their marvelous wing span and impressive size. The Gannets are protected by Maremma Dogs.
Gannets fed on small sea fish like pilchards, and their feed seeking methods are quite a show to watch. It is a wonderful phenomenon to witness hundreds of gannets diving into the sea in succession, targeting a school of fish
Seals and Dolphins are also popular marine residents and are always see from boats cruising the harbour and bay.
Seals delight fishers on the breakwater, jetty and by the boat ramp where they come in to investigate what is happening.
The 850 strong colony at Cape Bridgewater can be observed from Seal Point, often basking in the sun on the rocks.
A three minute boat ride will take you alongside the rock platforms and in the Watery Cave where you will experience a unique interaction within the seals natural habitat.