The Great Barrier Reef: A Threatened Jewel of Pure Aquatic Beauty in Australia

It is known throughout the world for its beauty, but also for the incredible quantity of aquatic species it hosts. Indeed, there are 500 species of fish, 4000 molluscs and 400 corals! Many curious people come to contemplate the magnificent spectacle offered by the place. Also, it is the subject of many scientific studies to better understand the aquatic world . However, this beautiful place is also very fragile. And there are many endangered species (green turtles, dugong).

The Great Barrier Reef is located off Queensland, Australia, and stretches an impressive 2600 km! Visible from space, it is considered the largest structure created by living organisms. The coral complex is protected because it is threatened by land-based activities and the natural consequences associated with them (marine pollution, global warming, etc.).

A remarkable ecosystem

The Great Barrier Reef alone forms a gigantic and unique ecosystem in the world. There are more than 2,500 reefs of all sizes and shapes over more than 348,000 km². The multitude of habitats and species, for some endemic, enriches this already incredible ecosystem: 1500 species of fish, 240 of birds, 400 of corals, 4000 of molluscs and a wide variety of species of sponges, crustaceans, anemones and sea worms make up this titanic aquatic environment. Apparently, there is no other known aquatic habitat of this size on Earth.

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An exceptional diving site to be preserved at all costs!

There are many divers and the curious who have explored this heavenly marine place or who dream of it. The multitude of colors, aquatic landscapes, the encounter with so many marine species is a unique and unforgettable experience. Even seen from the sky, the Barrière looks like a magnificent mosaic of seascapes with its many bluish colours. Thus, it is a paradise for all amateurs and lovers of marine life, diving and sensations. Indeed, the Great Barrier Reef awaits you to live a unique experience: to meet endemic species, many fish and other marine species, but also magnificent corals, hard and soft, which continue to develop constantly. around this amazing aquatic biome.

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Unfortunately, the Great Barrier Reef is threatened by human activities (marine pollution, global warming, mass tourism, fishing), but also by the invasion of species that are gradually destroying the place: such as the starfish Crown of thorns. They devour corals and reproduce rapidly in countless quantities.

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Mohamed SAKHRI

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