The Reef

“The enormous size and diversity of the GBR (Great Barrier Reef) means it is one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth, and one of the most significant for biodiversity conservation.”

– United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), ‘Great Barrier Reef’ –

The Great Barrier Reef, a reef of such immense proportions that it can be seen from space, all 2,300 kilometres of it, encompassing its 2,900 individual reefs and 940 islands and cays (WWF Australia, n.d.). Every single rock, every coral polyp and every fish whether great or small is a part of this one, massive living thing.

This page is dedicated to an overview of the overwhelming biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Click on a sub-page below to begin your journey into the vast array of creatures both familiar and not-so-familiar, all of which inhabit and constitute the Great Barrier Reef.

  1. Diving in: A Brief Look (Start Here!)
  2. Species Spotlight: Coral
  3. Species Spotlight: Fish, Sharks and Rays
  4. Species Spotlight: Mammals

Conservation and Preservation of the Great Barrier Reef

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