The Great Barrier Reef - the world's
largest World Heritage Area is made
up of some 2,800 individual reefs
and is home to an estimated 1,500
species of fish, more than 700
species of hard, reef-building
corals and sponges and over 4,000
mollusc species, as well as whales,
dugongs, turtles and dolphins.
From above, the Great Barrier Reef looks
like a swirl of blues. Turquoise channels
snake between sapphire coral gardens towards
the foam-edged indigo where the reefs end
and the continental shelf plunges 1,500m.
There are other blues under the water, and
reds, yellows, purples, greens, oranges and
pinks too, sometimes all on one fish.
There is a diverse range of
activities on the Great Barrier Reef. These
fishing , diving and snorkelling, yachting
and boating , motorised water sports, sea
kayaking and windsurfing, photography, and shell
Recreational use of the Marine Park is
concentrated around major regional centres
along the Queensland coast with many
operators offering diving, sailing
snorkelling and extended
charter tours of
the Great Barrier Reef.
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