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Christmas Lights – Wishing Well

The Christmas Lights are not just a competition for the Mandurah Canal residents as to who can put on the Christmas Lights display but rather most residents do so to raise money for the Rotary Club of Mandurah who distribute the donations to local charities.

There is a floating wishing well that people cruising around enjoying the lights can throw coins into and make a wish. Last season over $21,000 was raised! Since the wishing well started over $120,000 has been raised. All of Mandurah Cruises vessels aim to stop at the floating wishing well during every Christmas Lights Cruise so that passengers can make a donation and wish.

“We would be very grateful if those cruising by could spare a thought for those less fortunate than themselves this Christmas and throw a few coins into the well” said Rotarian Martin Robinson.

“Last year we divided up the proceeds between nine local charities and community groups, and we’d like to beat that this year if we can.”

The Wishing Well will be up until 7th January and is only accessible from the water.

One of the charities the Wishing Well funds assisted from last season was the Peel Community Kitchen. They  were able to purchase two new grillers which has made the Volunteers job so much easier. The waiting time for the people coming for help has also been reduced greatly. The ability to grill a minimum of 8 toasties simultaneously is certainly a great help as the number of meals they serve each week has jumped to about 800/1000 meals per a week.

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Mandurah’s Dolphins

Mandurah has a healthy population of Bottle Nose Dolphins (tusiops truncatus) that is estimated to number up to 75 individuals, depending on the time of year. The number increases around mating times when males come in and join the pods. The pods of dolphins average around 10-15 and have sometimes been seen to be as large as 25 down to solitary dolphins or smaller family groups of 3-4.

Their average length is about 3 metres, with calves being about 1 metre long at birth. We normally see baby dolphins appear between December and April. Mandurah's wild dolphins are medium grey in colour with light flanks and pale bellies. They can live up to 30 years and can swim in short bursts up to 40km/h and they love to play in our ferries bow waves and wash. As a matter of fact dolphins are the only other mammals apart from humans that continue to play well into their adult life. And Mandurah's wild dolphins are very playful!

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