The Great Barrier Reef stretches an incredible 2,600km long. It is the largest reef system in the world and can even be viewed from space. To put that into perspective, it's about the size of Italy. It is made up of over 3000 individual reefs, over 900 islands and an incredible 10% of the worlds fish species live here along with 25% of all known marine species. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the largest living structures on earth.
Impressive, you betcha! The Great Barrier Reef is arguably the single most important ecosystems in Australia and it needs our protection. Climate change is the greatest threat facing the reef and a challenge we must all tackle together. A combination of warmer water temperatures, poorer water quality from sediment runoff and pollution, coastal development, more severe cyclones (again a result of climate change) and the crown of thorns starfish, are the major threats effecting The Great Barrier Reef.
But all is not lost, reef systems are resilient, even reef affected from bleaching can recover with our help. Todays advancements in technology and our commitment to making a change can and must protect and restore this magnificent and crucial biosystem.
This image was taken form a helicopter and shows a huge manta ray swimming among the reef, it creates a wonderful focal point in a sea of turquoise.
Location - The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Product Code - FP17001R