Reefs- Gone for Good?
Tourism Constructions are Destroying Sacred Reefs
This is the Great Barrier Reef.
A beautiful place with unique creatures. And some? Some could soon be extinct.
Construction of tourist places is destroying this complex ecosystem.
Tourism allows anyone to visit this wonderful place.
Sounds great, right?
These are reefs that have been damaged.
And soon, the Great Barrier Reef could look just like these.
So, why is the Great Barrier Reef so special?
"The extensive seagrass beds are an important feeding ground for the dugong, a mammal species internationally listed as vulnerable. ...The reef contains nesting grounds of world significance for the endangered loggerhead turtle, and for green, hawksbill and flatback turtles, which are all listed as vulnerable. It is also a breeding area for humpback whales that come from the Antarctic to give birth in the warm waters."
As the quote from <http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/publications/factsheet-great-barrier-reef-world-heritage-area> shows, the reef supplies for vulnerable and endangered animals, so destroying the reef hurts endangered and protected animals.