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Great Barrier Reef

By October 30, 2012

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The Great Barrier Reef is the most extensive coral reef in the world, consisting of some 2,900 smaller reefs, 600 islands, 300 coral cays, and thousands of species. It is among the world's most complex and diverse ecosystems. The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 1500 species of marine fish, 360 species of hard corals, between 5000 and 8000 species of mollusks, 600 species of echinoderms, 17 species of sea snakes, 1500 species of sponges, 30 species of whales and dolphins, 6 species of marine turtles, 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds which breed on the reef's many small islands.


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