Understanding the Great Barrier Reef
Nicknamed, "Rainforests of the Sea" because of the rich diversity in marine life,
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the biggest underwater attractions and the most popular reef in the world! Every year over 2 million scientists, tourists, and snorkelers travel to Australia from all over the world to see the wildly colorful 500,000 year old reef.
Did you know, The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 900 islands?
Who Lives Here Anyway?
Whales, dolphins, sea snakes, mollusks, sea turtles, and over 1,500 species of fish are just some of the living organisms that call the Great Barrier Reef home. Stretching more than 1,200 miles long, Australia's Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on earth and can be seen from outer space!
How Coral Grows
Growing at a very slow pace, coral reefs thrive best under shallow, warm, and steady moving water. The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest reef in the world. It's half the size of Texas!
A Closer Look
If you want to get a glimpse of life in the Great Barrier Reef, tune into this short video from National Geographic TV. You won't believe all the colors and underwater creatures!