Saturday, November 17, 2018

Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Australia

On Thursday, I checked off another bucket list item - visit the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef, located in the Coral Sea, is off the east coast of Australia.  It's made up of more than 2900 individual reefs, and 900 islands, stretching over 2300 km (1400 miles) covering about 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 square miles).

The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 1500 species of fish.  CNN lists it as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and in 1981 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Our ship went out to Hastings Reef which is about 30 nautical miles (55,5 km) from Cairns.  Hastings Reef is about a 10 square km (about 4 square mile) area that's perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling.

Climate change and coral bleaching are a big problem.  More than half of the coral has been lost since 1985.

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