March, 7 2010
Dampier Archipelago
Carolyn Karnovsky

The Archipelago is considered to have the largest concentration of rock art in the world, estimated at perhaps a million petroglyphs. Our tour of the Dampier coast continued by boat taking us through the calm waters of Mermaid Sound to Malus Island, a barren place stripped bare of all its trees during its operation as whaling and pearling station in the 1870s. Many of the islands that we passed through Flying Foam Passage are stark in their beauty. Jagged rock faces tumble into the water, occasionally softened by mangroves or the white sands of a secluded bay.

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