The Great Barrier Reef has an impressive array of acquatic species. It is home to nearly 400 types of coral, making it the world’s largest collection of coral. In addition it boasts over 1500 species of fish, 200 species of birds and 20 species of reptiles. Not to mention that it is home to the Dugong and the Green Sea Turtle, both of which are endangered species. In fact, UNESCO declared the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site in 1981 and it is also listed as one of the 7 wonders of the world. But be aware that the Great Barrier Reef is currently suffering from the effects of climate change. Researchers have found that the reef could be “functionally extinct” in a matter of decades, as coral bleaching is predicted to be a yearly occurrence after 2030.
There are many reasons to visit the Great Barrier Reef, especially if you enjoy scuba diving. It’s the world’s largest coral reef, comprising 3,000 independent reef systems. In fact, the Great Barrier Reef has been declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and a World Heritage Site. Here’s a picture from thebesttraveldestinations.com for you to get a visual clue of why:
In addition to featuring 400 types of coral and 1500 species of fish, it also has hundreds of small tropical islands. If you’re going with someone who doesn’t enjoy diving, Australia features many beautiful beaches, hotels, and cities. Just make sure to practice ecotourism!
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