The Australian government announced Thursday that it is creating the world’s largest network of marine reserves, a patchwork of protected areas covering more than 1.1 million square miles of ocean.    The move, which comes on the heels of California’s vote last week to create the largest marine reserve network in the United States, signals a growing movement to put some of the sea’s most ecologically valuable areas off-limits before they are damaged beyond repair.

The Australian government announced Thursday that it is creating the world’s largest network of marine reserves, a patchwork of protected areas covering more than 1.1 million square miles of ocean. The move, which comes on the heels of California’s vote last week to create the largest marine reserve network in the United States, signals a growing movement to put some of the sea’s most ecologically valuable areas off-limits before they are damaged beyond repair.

Stingrays, sea life, animals, ocean, ocean life, aquatic animals, fish, fishes, marine biology, water, under water life #sealife #marine

Stingrays, sea life, animals, ocean, ocean life, aquatic animals, fish, fishes, marine biology, water, under water life #sealife #marine

Pot-bellied Seahorse - This species is native to Australia and New Zealand and is one of the largest of the 47 known species of seahorses, with a length of up to 35 cm.

Pot-bellied Seahorse - This species is native to Australia and New Zealand and is one of the largest of the 47 known species of seahorses, with a length of up to 35 cm.

Cute Penquin Doing the "Happy Feet" Dance! ~ Amazing Marine Life Photograph -- [REPINNED by All Creatures Gift Shop]

Cute Penquin Doing the "Happy Feet" Dance! ~ Amazing Marine Life Photograph -- [REPINNED by All Creatures Gift Shop]

Flamboyant Cuttlefish at Califronia Academy of Science by Justine via notcot. Thanks to @Elizabeth Silbermann #Marine_Biology #notcot #Flamboyant_Cuttlefish

Flamboyant Cuttlefish at Califronia Academy of Science by Justine via notcot. Thanks to @Elizabeth Silbermann #Marine_Biology #notcot #Flamboyant_Cuttlefish

Yup, you can shake hands with an otter at Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park, Miura City, Japan  Love it! I want to shake hands with an otter! Has anyone been here?

Yup, you can shake hands with an otter at Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park, Miura City, Japan Love it! I want to shake hands with an otter! Has anyone been here?

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