Facts The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef system. Stretching 2300 kilometers, this natural icon is so large it can even be seen from outer space. It includes about 3000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and about 150 inshore mangrove islands. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It must be exactly 27 degrees or the coralswilldie.
The GreatBarrierReef Marine Park The GreatBarrierReefMarineparkislikeanaturereservetoprotectthereef. It covers 344,400 km2 in area. Howbig is it? • It’sbiggerthan the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Holland combined. • It’sroughly the same area as Japan, Germany, Malaysia or Italy. • Approximatleyhalf the sizeof Texas.
Diving The reef is a verypopular destination. Especially for scubadivers. Therearelotof different kinds offish so ifyouare a diver, it will be veryinterestingtodivehere.
Didyouknowthat…? • The ecosystem of the reef consists of over 1800 species of fish? • There are about 125 types of shark and rays? • It has more than 10,000 of sponge types • And about 350 different kinds of coral. • If youarestanding on the moon, youcanacuallysee the reef.