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Whitsunday Marine Life

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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!

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Whale sharks are one of the biggest animals in the ocean, and definitely the biggest fish trolling waters worldwide.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Whitsundays are the perfect place for whale watching, and are the temporary home to thousands of migrating whales every winter season. 

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A common sighting around the fringing reefs of the Whitsunday islands is the reef shark. 

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The Great Barrier Reef has been subject to coral bleaching this season, but thankfully the effect on the Whitsundays has been minor. 

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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.

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There is no denying that the Whitsundays is home to some of the most incredible marine life in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is full of diverse and unique creatures, bringing travellers from all over the world who want to come to explore and see what the reef has to offer for themselves.

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