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Yarrinya is the Munyuku saltwater estate located on a rocky peninsula. It is associated with the songline of Mirinyuŋu the ancestral Whale because, according to Barayuwa Munuŋgurr, it is where the whale washed up on the beach after two spirit men from the Munyuku clan hunted and killed it. The hunters used stone knives to sever the whale’s tail and cut its body into long strips. Disgusted by their own actions, they threw their knives into the sea, forming a dangerous hidden reef. The bones of the whale also transformed into rocks in the ocean. The whale’s tail is referenced in raŋga (sacred objects used in ceremony).


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Mirinyuŋu | The Whale