Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef Facts

  • Fact: The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system
  • Fact: The Great Barrier Reef is composed of over 2,900 individual reef
  • Fact: The Great Barrier Reef has over 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres
  • Fact: The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space
  • Fact: Tourism to the reef generates approximately AU$ 4-5 billion per year
  • Fact: Thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been recorded in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Fact: Six species of sea turtles come to the reef to breed
  • Fact: 215 species of birds (including 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds) visit the reef or nest or roost on the islands
  • Fact: Seventeen species of sea snake live on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Fact: More than 1,500 fish species live on the reef
  • Fact: There are at least 330 species of ascidians on the reef system
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