Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is known as the world's greatest coral reef ecosystems on Earth. It is also known as one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing on Earth, that can be seen or (visible) from space. It consists of more than 2900 coral reefs, 900 unique islands and over 300 coral cays. There are a range of different islands such as, the "Haggerstone Island", which is a Robinson Cruso style retreat, the "Heron Island", which is the world's famous island because you can scuba-dive, snorkell and see the amazing "Green" and "Loggerhead" sea turtles and lastly, "Bederra Island", which is a luxury retreat in the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef also has an underwater diversity, full of sea creatures, which is found in the Western Pacific. In the Great Barrier Reef you will find abundant wildlife. It is known as one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on Earth, with beautiful golden beaches.
This is where the sea turtles lay their eggs!
Map of where leatherback sea turtles nest
This is when the sea turtles head to shore
Building up a Coral Reef
What is an echinoderm?
Threats and Dangers
Interesting Facts- Did you know?
- All clownfish are born males and only big ones are born females
- Full grown coral eat baby coral
- If you cut youself on coral and do not clean it, coral will grow inside your skin
- The Great Barrier Reef can only live in water 68 feet or higher
- Fish can recognise themselves by the patterns on their scales
- Aboriginal people discovered the Great Barrier Reef
- The Great Barrier Reef is larger than Switzerland, Holland and the United Kingdom joined together
- The world's first coral reefs were found about 500 million years ago
Author: Norman, Mark
Title of Book: Wild Planet- Great Barrier Reef
City Published: Australia
- BTN - Reef Threat