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Great Barrier Reef

There are certain places in the world that take your breath away. Where you step back and simply smile in wonder. The Great Barrier Reef is one of those places. Find out more about visiting the Great Barrier Reef here:

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Great Barrier Reef

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Can you find Nemo? Jonathan London.breath #greatbarrierreef #thisisqueensland

Instagram photo by @queensland (#thisisqueensland) | Iconosquare

Nemo has been found by @gypsea_lust on the Great Barrier Reef! #thisisqueensland #exporetnq #qldparks

Instagram photo by @queensland (#thisisqueensland) | Iconosquare

Osprey Reef, Australia painting by Doug Sturgess

Osprey Reef by Doug Sturgess

Nemo and his Dad couldn't resist making an appearance at the Queensland Instammeet. Photo @reefcruises on the Great Barrier Reef blog.queensland.c... #thisisqueensland

Animal love from the Queensland Instameet - Queensland Blog

Night beach shot by the Reef @jasoncharleshill - even the stars were more amazing on the reef blog.queensland.c... #thisisqueensland

Instameet on the Reef - Queensland Blog

Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, satellite image

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Lizard Island ~ Travelust 88

Flynn Reef, Queensland, Australia www.queenslandhol... #thisisqueensland

Flynn Reef, Queensland, Australia — by Sweet Home Australia

Link Love: Beautiful people, life changing travel tips, chocolate pancakes + more #thisisqueensland

Nemo! Great Barrier Reef, Australia #thisisqueensland

Snorkeling at Port Douglas, The Great Barrier Reef, tropical far north Queensland, Australia.

Balboa Port Douglas Blog

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas

Port Douglas Tours & Things to Do in Port Douglas | Viator

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Dive Colourfully - Great Barrier Reef.

Lizard Island Reef by Adam Gormley

Quirky stories of the Great Barrier Reef #clownfish #greatbarrierreef #blog

Accueil | Elisa the Best Job in the World

Video: Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast

Video: Great Barrier Reef - Turtles

Video: Great Barrier Reef - The Weird and Wonderful

Video: The best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef

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    Nina Jagiello

    Beautiful today , gone tomorrow - to greedy mining companies, please support saving the reef, get knowledgeable, visit, protest, but save the reef!

Video: The best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef

Video: Caring for the Great Barrier Reef

Video: Great Barrier Reef - The Great 8 Marine Encounters

Video: Great Barrier Reef - Turtles #turtle #GBR

Video: Great Barrier Reef - Turtles #turtle #GBR

Video: Great Barrier Reef - Seasonal wildlife encounters

Great Barrier Reef - Seasonal wildlife encounters

Queensland's Great Barrier Reef from space! #greatbarrierreef #queensland #space

Just another day on the Great Barrier Reef. Location: Lady Elliot Island #turtles #reef #island MatadorNetwork

A dream realized on Lady Elliot Island [pics]

Video: Great Barrier Reef - A colourful wonderland #kids #greatbarrierreef #fun

Coral fans and colourful fish makes us happy #greatbarrierreef #colour #ocean

44 surreal scenes from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
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    armen berejiklian

    perfect :)

The Great Barrier Reef from above the waterline.

44 surreal scenes from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

A lionfish scans for food while a giant turtle perches on top of a coral shelf above…another typical dive. #greatbarrierreef #turtle #lionfish

44 surreal scenes from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Finding Nemo is one of the first things you want to do when you dive the Great Barrier Reef. Around the world, these poor fish have probably been extremely confused as to why, for the past 10 years, everyone has been getting in their face for a photo.

44 surreal scenes from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

44 surreal scenes from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (via MatadorNetwork)

44 surreal scenes from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
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    armen berejiklian

    nice shot :)

To the Great Barrier Reef and back. In a day. on

To the Great Barrier Reef and back. In a day. | Mamamia

The heart of the Great Barrier Reef #travel #helicopter #heart

24 hours Hayman Great Barrier Reef | 1pm: Be the co-pilot on a magic helicopter ride over the world’s largest reef. #greatbarrierreef #whitsundays #helicopter #view

Diving the Great Barrier Reef #turtle #virtualdive #queensland

World tour for free: 22 Google Street View destinations

Swim with Minke Whales on the Great Barrier Reef #amazing #reef #marine

What amazing teeth you have :) Parrotfish teeth, Great Barrier Reef - Photograph by David Doubilet, National Geographic #fish #greatbarrierreef

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    Sue Wickes

    I heard them munch, munch, munching when snorkelling ......

The amazing colours of the fringing reef just off Lady Elliot Island. Photo: Gary Pepper Vintage #coral #reef #travel

Lady Elliot Island Diary « Gary Pepper

Underwater at Lady Elliot Island #fish #snorkel #underwater

Postcards from The Great Barrier Reef « Gary Pepper

Stripy fish at Lady Elliot Island #fish #ocean #snorkel

Postcards from The Great Barrier Reef « Gary Pepper

Find Nemo snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef


Survey 15: Cod Hole | Potato Cod

Maori Wrasse

Survey 23: Agincourt Reef | Maori Wrasse


Giant Clam

Survey 17: Ribbon Reef No. 5 | Giant Clam

Giant Clam

Survey 17: Ribbon Reef No. 5 | Giant Clam



Giant clams over 120 years old can be found on the Great Barrier Reef

6 of the world’s 7 species of marine turtles calls the Great Barrier Reef home.

411 species of hard coral and over 150 species of soft coral makes up the Great Barrier Reef.

Coral Sea Imagery | A perfect Coral Sea lagoon

The Great Barrier Reef is home to 1625 species of fish

Survey 18: Ribbon Reef No. 3, Steve's Bommie

Beautifully coloured coral reed off Port Douglas #snorkelling #portdouglas #greatbarrierreef #queensland

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia - Lonely Planet travel video

Giant clams can grow to be more than 3 feet long and live more than 100 years. They are said to be the largest bivalve mollusks that have ever existed. Most giant clams are simultaneous hermaphrodites, meaning they are both sexes at the same time.

It takes a very unique combination of genes from the parent whales to produce unpigmented offspring. Migaloo (the aboriginal word for "white fella"), one of the few known white humpback whales in the world, frequents the waters off Port Douglas occasionally, often with a pod of dolphins in tow. He’s also been spotted in the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon, between the Outer Reefs and Port Douglas, usually in the vicinity of Rudder and Tongue Reefs east of Snapper Island.

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    Stacy Parker Smith

    I wonder if he knows he's different?

The Cod Hole, on the northern end of the GBR in a section called the Ribbon Reefs, is a great place to spot these hefty fish, which can weigh up to 250 pounds. Years ago, these mammoths were hand-fed by divers. Even though that is now illegal, the cod are still affable; they have no qualms about brushing up against humans.

At nighttime, some species of parrotfish form a cocoon of mucus (created by bubbles blown from its mouth) for protection from white-tip sharks, bloodsucking parasites, and other predators. On another disgusting note, you know the silky white sand you love to dig your toes into? Well, if it’s a tropical island you’re on, much of that was previously parrotfish poop. They feed on coral and excrete it as sand.

Typically found near Heron Island, the spaghetti worm has white buccal tentacles, reminiscent of pasta. It feeds by passing sand particles along grooves in its tentacles towards its mouth. The particles are then sorted according to size, coated in mucus, and either ingested or used to build a protective casing.

Manta rays have their own version of a car wash. When they need a cleaning, they head to a coral patch where "cleaner fish" remove parasites from their bodies.

The cuttlefish is a master of disguise, with the ability to change its appearance to mimic its surroundings. If it senses danger, poof -- it sends out a smoke screen of ink to confuse the enemy.

Diving around the Great Barrier Reef, #Australia!

Low tide on a fringing reef of one of the Whitsunday Islands.

Bite the snorkel mouthpiece and descend on a learn-to-dive trip on the Great Barrier Reef.

50 things to do this summer - Queensland Blog

Google takes a virtual dive into the Great Barrier Reef

A face only a mother could love. Stone fish, member of the Scorpionfish family.

Watch the Finding Nemo 3D Movie Trailer. Only at the movies from 30 August 2012. Who's excited!

The Pacific Blue Tang (or Dory to Finding Nemo fans) can be found all over the Great Barrier Reef and the Queensland east coast. They can also be spotted in most aquariums.

Clownfish Facts: Nemo wasn’t the only Clownfish needing swimming lessons, most are poor swimmers preferring the safety of their anemone and the coral reef from the free flowing currents of the open ocean.

Clownfish Fact: Clownfish have a few hidden talents other than their sense of humour to help them in the big old blue, like performing elaborate dances with an anemone before taking up residence in the safety of its tentacles.

Clownfish Fact: The friendship between Anemone and Clownfish is something that can withstand the test of time, providing each other with food, protection and a house cleaning service to envy.

How to find Nemo in 3D on the Great Barrier Reef - Queensland Blog

Clownfish Fact: With a reputation for clowning around, it may come as a surprise that Clownfish are actually one of the bravest fish in the ocean, come to close and they’ll become aggressive. Divers beware!

Clown fish have a lot to live up to! After their leading role in the movie “Finding Nemo” they’ve become one of the icons of the Great Barrier Reef and are a common colourful sight. They live within the venomous tentacles of anemones hiding away from any potential predators, but always put on a playful show for snorkellers and divers.

The Daddy of all Molluscs, yes; but man-eaters? Hardly! History told of unfortunate sailors swallowed by these huge molluscs that grow up to 1.5m in length and can weigh up to 250kgs. Today we know they just eat algae and photosynthesize. Crusty on the outside, soft and colourful on the inside, these big boys are found everywhere on the #GreatBarrierReef.

With a wingspan of up to seven metres, it’s little wonder this is the largest of all the rays. Graceful and agile but powerful and magnificent, Manta Rays can appear out of nowhere gliding past like a huge space-ship with Remoras attached underneath as their wingmen. Lady Elliot Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef is one of the hot spots for Manta Rays with up to 350 individuals visiting the island during winter.

The striking bright green-blue of the Maori Wrasse is like the reef itself, even its markings look like ripples of sand on a sea bed. These are truly happy-go-lucky creatures. They love to play and nuzzle up for a cuddle and will happily follow you like a faithful friend. You’ll find them throughout the Great Barrier Reef but especially where us humans hang out: the reef pontoons, around the Whitsunday Islands and popular snorkel and dive sites.

Marine animals of the Great Barrier Reef - Queensland Holidays

The Potato Cod meanders along, gentle and unhurried. Its large silver body is magnificently marked with dark coloured streaks and spots. Cods love when people drop in, always taking the time to say hello and hang out for a while. They come right up close, their wide mouths constantly opening and closing as if they were trying to have a chat. Friendly and laid back like a good Queenslander should be!

Spot a turtle on the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

A brief history of some of the famous wrecks found on the #Great Barrier Reef #Queensland.

The Protector on Heron Island, The Great Barrier Reef #HeronIsland. For more information on Heron Island go to:

Steve's Bommie on the #GreatBarrierReef

Three different #GreatBarrierReef experiences, from three different #Queensland destinations in three days. It can be done!

In the #heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

Green Photos: Great Barrier Reef | Traveling Greener

The Great Barrier Reef became a World Heritage site in 1981.

VIDEO: Islands of the Great Barrier Reef

Orange Tube Coral (Tubastrea faulkneri). Tube Coral has clumps of pink stalks or mounds attached to a common base. Each stalk has a single, large yellow-orange polyp that emerges mainly at dusk or during the day if the water is dark. It is common along the Great Barrier Reef in more sheltered habitats like caves, overhangs and vertical walls.

Orange Tube Coral - Queensland Museum

The Great Barrier Reef was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area in 1981 and is the largest World Heritage Area in the world covering over 350,000 square kilometres.

The Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland - Scuba dive, snorkel, sail or cruise the world's largest living coral reef. For more info on this magnificent natural wonder go to www.queenslandhol...

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The Great Barrier Reef - Just one of the iconic locals you may run into when exploring the reef. To find out who else lives below go to www.queenslandhol...

Here's some fast facts about one of the world's most remarkable wonders - The Great Barrier Reef. Find more fast facts here:

Great Barrier Reef Facts - Queensland Holidays
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    Elyn Ikmal

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