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You know it's hot when even one half of the coat of arms need to cool off with a dip in the ocean.

Stunned onlookers raced down to the beach on Monday to see several emus escaping the 41C heat at Monkey Mia, 800km north of Perth.

"They were in (the water) for a couple of minutes," tour guide Katie Hughes said.

"A few of them rolled on to their sides and stretched their legs out . . . then they got up, had a bit of a shake and all went in different directions.

"It was a quick dip but they went right down to their necks so that their bodies were completely soaked."

Ms Hughes said Monkey Mia, world-renowned for offering visitors the chance to mingle with dolphins, was occasionally visited by emus when the mercury soared.

Perth has had temperatures above 37C since Saturday, with a forecast of 38C for today.

However, the Shark Bay area has had 40C-plus for four consecutive days.

"It's been extremely hot with not very much wind . . . I think (the emus) come in for water and food," Ms Hughes said.

"Literally where the photo was taken is the main part of the beach where people swim and feed the dolphins every day.

"That's why I think it's so special to see."

The West Australian

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