The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania

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Our next stop after Freycinet National Park was the Tasman Peninsula.  We stayed in Dunnalley at a spot right next to the beach.  The first day we were there we headed down for a look.  Thank goodness we did because it was the only good beach day we had during our stay there.  The tide was out, the waves were calm, the water was shallow and warm.  But there was something magical about this beach that we hadn’t anticipated. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania There were crabs everywhere! How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania The kids called this sandy spot Crab Island.  It was very hard to walk without stepping on a crab. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania It was so neat to watch them bury themselves in the sand.  They’d turn in circles and make this pattern which dotted the beach. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania So sorry if you are looking at this and don’t like crabs.  I thought they were gorgeous.  It was a great experience for the kids to see so many in one place.  We had so much fun watching them skitter around. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania Dad spotted something in the ocean.  Can you see it?  Another magical creature! How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania It was just hanging out there in the shallow water, not moving.  This was quite far from the shore.  We didn’t get any closer.  How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania Such a great spot.  Because the water was shallow it was so warm and nice to wade in. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania As the afternoon wore on the crabs all buried themselves in the sand.  Suddenly the beach was bare.  Magical, no? How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania In one of the tide pools we found several of these squishy snail egg masses, complete with snails.  This was before I knew what these gelatinous blobs were so I wondered why the snails liked them so much! How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania The kids ran for their boogie boards.  There weren’t any waves, but they pulled each other around and had great fun. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, TasmaniaHow Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania This guy enjoys the boogie boards too. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania I love beach pictures. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania  See the baby crab?  They were hard to find. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania We saw more of those Pacific Gulls that we’d seen in Coles Bay. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, TasmaniaHow Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania The others took off down the beach to look for a good fishing spot.  I stayed behind with JitterBug and TurboBug. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania Love this kid. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania Suddenly he shouted ‘Is that an echidna?’ and wow, it was.  On the beach.  I’m not sure if it had been in the water or just walking down the shore.  We watched as it headed across the beach and disappeared into the long grasses. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania It hesitated next to this water but then walked on through. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, TasmaniaHow Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania I nearly forgot TurboBug was with us.  He happily sat here for ages playing with the bucket and shovel. How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania A great toddler smile! How Many More Minutes? ~ The Magical Beach in Dunalley, Tasmania The next day it was windy.  Very windy.  The wind pushed the waves up the beach and the ocean was choppy.  We never saw the crabs again.  I’m so glad we headed down to the beach as soon as we got there.  I think I have some videos of the crabs, I’ll put them in another post since this one is long enough!

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