The reasons to visit Northern Queensland are plentiful, however without question of doubt, one of the greatest motives is the pull of The Great Barrier Reef. Notably it is one of the seven natural wonders of the natural world, and its unique ecosystem can only be described as breathtakingly beautiful. Ocean Safari provide us with some amazing facts about The Great Barrier Reef:
- The Great Barrier Reef is home to the largest collection of corals in the world! In excess of 600 types of hard and soft corals reside here, making it the largest and most dazzlingly colourful living organism on Earth!
- Extending south from the northern tip of Queensland to just north of Bunderberg on mainland, Australia, The Great Barrier Reef is the only living organism visible from space! At around 2600 kilometres (1616 miles) in length, and of a similar size to Italy, this hardly surprising!
- The reef’s inshore waters have an average depth of 35 metres, whilst the continental slopes and outer reefs extend to depths of more than 2000 metres!
- The Great Barrier Reef is thought to be as much as 20,000,000 years old!
- The Great Barrier Reef is made up of around 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands.
- The natural wonder attracts over 2 million visitors each year.
- The reef is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, meaning that a total of 10% of the world’s total fish species are found within this location!
- There a seven species of turtle in the world, six of which reside in the reef’s ecosystem. Four of the six species have globally signification nesting areas in The Great Barrier Reef region.
- In most coastal waters and around many of the islands and cays of the Great Barrier Reef the Estuarine Crocodile can be found.
- The Great Barrier Reef supports 133 species of sharks and rays, and more than 30 species of marine mammals. These species include the Bottlenose Dolphin, Humpback and Dwarf Minke Whale as well as the endangered Dugong (sea cow).
Looking for a way to head out and explore this underwater world?! Departing daily from Cape Tribulation, make sure you check out, eco-tour operator, Ocean Safari. With a focus on delivering you the best experience; group numbers are small, you will visit and snorkel two stunning reef sites and be accompanied by Ocean Safari’s friendly, knowledgeable team who will tell you oodles more amazing facts about this epic ecosystem! Book today at oceansafari.com.au