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Meet the Marine Life on the Southern Great Barrier Reef

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Meet the Marine Life on the Southern Great Barrier Reef

story by: Mike Williams

Beautiful coral and spectacular sea life places the Southern Great Barrier Reef right at the top of every diver’s bucket list. However, you don’t necessarily need an underwater breathing apparatus for this stunning natural wonder of the world to take your breath away. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the sea life at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The stunning coral gardens of the iconic Southern Great Barrier Reef in Queensland play host to thirty species of whales, dolphins and porpoises and six species of turtle as well as gracefully gliding manta rays and hundreds of varieties of beautifully coloured fish. Jacques Cousteau, who called the Southern Great Barrier Reef one of the world’s premier dive destinations, might just have been on to something.

Divers will jump at the chance to explore the spectacular coral formations and hang out with giant marine life. However, there are stunning snorkelling opportunities right off the beach too. Not keen to get that wet? Take a catamaran cruise and explore from a semi-sub or underwater observatory. Or take a private fishing charter out to a secluded fishing spot.

Of course, one of the biggest marine attractions doesn’t even have to be seen in the water. The Southern Great Barrier Reef is famous for its giant turtles. The opportunity to swim with the turtles is not to be missed. However, if you are lucky enough to be visiting between November and March, be sure to make the most of turtle nesting season by booking a turtle experience. Nesting turtles can be seen after dark from November to January while the hatchlings are best viewed from January to March.

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