Whitsunday Marine Life

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Each year, from June to September, tens of thousands of whales migrate north along the east coast of Australia from the freezing waters of Antarctica to the balmy Great Barrier Reef. Here, they mate or give birth before returning back to the colder waters to complete their annual migration.

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While sharks live in the ocean surrounding Australia, shark encounters on humans are incredibly rare. So rare in fact that you are more likely to be struck by lightning than to have a negative encounter with a shark. With this in mind, there are a number of things you can do to be SharkSmart while swimming, snorkelling or diving in the Whitsundays.

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Sea cucumbers are another type of Echinoderm, you will find these on the sea floor. They are called sea cucumbers because of their shape and leather like skin. 

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Star Fish / Sea Stars are a favourite of most locals that work on passenger boats around the beautiful Whitsundays. There are many different types of starfish found around the Islands.

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The white tip reef shark is one of the most common sharks found in shallow tropical and warm temperate water around coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef. 

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Several vessels in the Whitsundays have specifically fitted underwater blue Led lights to attract dolphins

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Spinner dolphins are also known as the Long Snouted Dolphin. 

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Snubfin Dolphin The Australian Snubfin Dolphin (Orcaella heinsohni) is a recently recognised species of dolphin, scientifically described in 2005.

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Dugongs are often spotted in particular bays around the Whitsunday Islands. 

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Tropical parrot fish are many beautiful colors of the rainbow.

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