Great Barrier Reef – A window into the reef’s incredible wildlife

The one word that comes to mind when considering Australia’s phenomenal wildlife and the natural landscapes on which they reside is ‘diversity’. Australia is home to the widest range of animal and plant species in the world, and the vast Great Barrier Reef is certainly no exception to this.

One thing that lends a helping hand to the Great Barrier Reef’s immense diversity is the sheer size of it, being the largest living structure on earth and the only living structure visible from space, it’s no surprise that this tapestry of rich and colourful reefs play host to a wide variety of creatures.

These animals range from minuscule micro-organisms to some of the world’s largest and most impressive mammals. What’s more is that since the entire reef is a living structure, and the marine life that calls it home is constantly moving, every visit will provide you with new and exciting experiences as you gaze at the ever-changing underwater world.

The Great Barrier Reef itself is made up of thousands upon thousands of living organisms, with 411 types of hard coral and one-third of the world’s soft coral, it will come as no surprise that the reef is home to the largest collection of different coral types on earth.

Nestled among the coral, you can find over 3000 species of mollusc, and 630 species of echinoderm. This reef in its entirety is home to around 1625 species of fish which cause the waters to shimmer as they dart around beneath the surface, flowing and swimming above the colourful reef below them. The beady eyes of the 134 species of shark and ray set their eyes on these schools of fish, ready to enjoy a buffet of an immense number of courses.

The world is home to 7 species of marine turtle, 6 of which can be found gliding effortlessly through the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Though these turtles may be jaw-droppingly large, nothing can compete with the magnificence of the marine mammals that reside beneath the surface.

With over 30 species of dolphin Norman Reef Fishand whale swirling their way through the water, the majesty of this marine life is simply breathtaking. To top things off these waters are home to one of the world’s most significantly large populations of the dugong.

There is no doubt that a trip to the Great Barrier Reef will be an event full of wonder and fascination as you are provided with the chance to enjoy the unparalleled diversity of this natural wonder of the world.

If you’re thinking to spend more time on the reef, why not check out our 2 Day or 3 Day Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Tour?