There are thousands of individual species that live in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. From birds, to mammals, to fish and corals, there is a huge variety of what can be found above and below the water. Below we have listed some exciting things you can expect to see when snorkelling in particular.
Each winter the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park sees an influx of humpback and minke whales. Each and every dolphin and whale that enters the park is protected, with a very strict set of rules in place when encountering them.
Whales migrate to the Whitsundays every year visiting us for the winters typically staying from June - September. During this time, there are thousands of these majestic creatures that can spotted around the islands, enjoying the calm and sheltered waters.
The Whitsundays have always been known for its pristine beaches, beautiful reefs, great weather and amazing marine life. It is a top tourist destination, that marvels all its visitors as they check out the sights and experience paradise. One of the Whitsundaysâ€™ most beautiful assets are the amazing reefs that surround the islands, where you can snorkel, swim, scuba dive and enjoy the warm blue waters.
Coral spawning is when coral simultaneously release their eggs out into the ocean for purposes of reproduction. Sometimes fertilised and sometimes not, both male spermatozoa and female ova are released during the masse event. The coral increase their chance of reproductive success by spawning at the same time as their counterparts.
New research has shown that dugong calves have made a comeback on the reef.
The population was virtually wiped out after Cyclone Yasi in 2011, which damaged seagrass growth, their main source of food. However, recent aerial surveys have shown that they have made a comeback and are now doing well on the reef.
Coral gardening is on the horizon in the Whitsundays. The initiative has been put forward as a solution to help inshore reefs recover that have been damaged by cyclones that have disrupted the Whitsundays. Inshore reefs often bear the brunt of waves and unpredictable tides that accompany such weather patterns.
A herbivore is a animal that feeds only on plants. They are not predatory nor do they hunt other animals, but instead survive of nutrients provided by plants only. And they are helping the reef big time.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living ecosystem in the world. It has been around for many millennia and is continually growing and changing. It is a network that spans across 2,600km and is made up of corals, sea grass, islands, and cays that make up the entirety of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.