In the wake of the category 4 Cyclone Debbie, it is hard to see the bright side of such a huge weather phenomenon. However, in terms of coral bleaching, there may be a silver lining to the the storm that hit the Whitsundays on 28 March 2017.
It is always turtle season in the Whitsundays! Turtles live in the Whitsundays all year long, breeding, eating, living and laying their eggs in the sands around the islands. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot one while you’re out snorkelling or cruising along on a boat, as they are never far away from the trained eye!
The Great Barrier Reef is a major contributor to biodiversity and overall health to the world’s oceans. It is said to be one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and contributes to the planet in more ways than most people know.
The Great Barrier Reef is by far the most well managed reef in the entire world, with it’s own governing body and countless public advocates and not-for-profit groups in its corner. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is responsible for protecting the reef and ensuring its health and survival for future generations and works hand in hand with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. As its official caretakers for the past 40 years, it follows a strict guideline is set out in 1975 titled The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.
As Pixar releases the highly anticipated Finding Dory, sequel to Finding Nemo, the world is again exposed to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and its colourful and funny inhabitants on the big screen.
Whales begin to migrate to Australia in May, coming from all over the world to mate, have their babies and socialise in the warm waters of Australia. The Whitsundays’ whale season begins in winter, with whales turning up in June and staying until September. They flood into the Whitsunday waters, often putting on beautiful aerobatic shows and showing off to their audiences who come from all over the country in hopes of seeing them.