Shelter Island (Western Australia)

Shelter Island (Western Australia)

Shelter Island is an island located approximately convert|20|km|mi|0 due west of Albany, Western Australia, the island is often mistakenly referred to as Muttonbird Island. The island is approximately convert|130|m|ft|0 off-shore from Muttonbird Beach separated by a channel that has an average depth of convert|8|m|ft|0 it is regarded as a suitable open-water dive site. [cite web|url=|title=Marine Domain - Dive Sites|year=2007|accessdate=2008-04-14] The island is comprised of a mass of granite but has sufficient soil for plant growth and is well vegetated on top. The island supports breeding populations of Flesh-footed Shearwaters and Little Penguins as well as small populations of feral cats and black rats. [cite web|url=|title=Aussie Heritage- Torbay Coastal Area|year=2007|accessdate=2008-04-14]

The total area of the island is convert|10|ha|acre|0|lk=on and was declared a Class 1A Nature Reserve in 1973. [cite web|url=|title=Terrestrial Protected Areas of WA|year=2002|accessdate=2008-04-14]


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