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Top 3 Reasons to Visit The Great Barrier Reef, Belize

Updated on September 30, 2011

There is a unique place in this world that is like no other. This place is covered in exotic plants, animals, and breathtaking natural views. It is a place that is able to take your breath away in one swoop that if in this lifetime you get a chance to see it will be one that you remember forever. It will awestruck your mind into a different world that will seem surreal this place is called the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is located in Australia and is considered one of the world’s 7 wonders. It promises anyone who comes to explore its depths an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. The Great Barrier Reef was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the early 80s and is continually protected by the Australian government and other world organizations as a natural earthly treasure. The Great Barrier Reef has one of the most exotic and diverse eco systems on earth.

 

Coral

The coral that makes up the large expanse of the Great Barrier Reef consist of many different types. Coral is actually a live organism that sticks together in colonies these colonies then make up the reef. They are very vibrant and colorful as you will see when you go the bright refection from the sun as you look beneath the water at this wonder. The sunlight helps the coral change colors from reds and yellows to blues.  If you dive and explore the deeper depths of the coral you will find that it is mostly a darker white or off color because the sunlight is not able to penetrate the thickness of this natural wonder. The coral feeds off the local algae that are in the water; the technical term is Photosynthetic algae. Nowhere else in the world except the Great Barrier Reef are you going to see such an amazing structure which is home to so many different types of sea life then here in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Coral is a great ecological predictor of earth’s environmental changes due to its sensitivity to stress in the marine world it lives. When the coral is in high stress it expels the algae that it is feeding from and the color of the top layers of algae are no longer there beautiful color.

Marine Life

Marine life in the Great Barrier Reef is very unique and beautiful. The Great Barrier Reef supports hundreds of different species of fish, sea turtles, whales, clams etc. Some of these species that the Reef has are specific only to this area and not seen anywhere else in the world. Many of the different species rely on the Great Barrier Reef for a home and place to hunt for food. These amazing animals are both dangerous and exotic so if you do decide to dive or snorkel into the Great Barrier Reef then only due so in designated areas. Remember that you are visiting there home so always take great care that you leave everything like you found it. So that others that journey after you can have the same amazing experience in seeing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reefs sea life for themselves.

Birds

Great Barrier Reef even extends into the sky it has attracted a majestic natural beauty to the skies above it with many different types of birds. There is a wide variety of seabirds to be discovered above this tranquil location as well as the marine life below. Birds that are only native to the Great Barrier Reef as well as others who travel thousands of miles each year in their natural migration call this place home. They all come to create a home, feed and also raise their young in the summer months. You will see Wedge- tailed shearwaters, pelicans and silver gulls among many others. So keeping one eye on the sky you might just see some of these rare birds and be able to take a nice photo on your journey. As with the Sea life always make sure you don’t disturb the nests you may come upon and always leave things as you found them so that the birds stay and others may also enjoy the experience.

Great Barrier Reef is an amazing place and one that you will never forget in this lifetime. Along with many diving professionals that always dream of exploring the marine depths or if you just want to snorkel near the main land there is amazing amount to see that you will not cover in just one trip. .If you would like additional information on Australia or are considering a vacation or want to move there come visit my website at Expatcrossing.com

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    Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    These images are so beautiful! Your detailed description makes it come alive - Makes we want to visit and see it in person. The nearest I've come to this beautiful seascape is Andros Island in the Bahamas many years ago. The water was so blue it looked artificial! Great hub.

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    starqueen13 7 years ago from Houston, Tx

    uughhh i wanna go so badly noww! haha great hub :)

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    Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

    I don't know how I missed this one. I enjoyed reading your article, and I like the pictures you selected. I wish I could visit the Barrier Reef tomorrow.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    A wonderful and unforgettable experience that must be. Thank you for sharing.

  • kaltopsyd profile image

    kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

    Great pictures. Coral reefs are so fun!

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    De Greek 7 years ago from UK

    You have made me want to break my word. After I visited Australia (and N.Z) in 1982, I swore that Australia would never see me again, but now.... :-)))

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