This is the forth in my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you on through your final day in the office or maybe remind you to dig out those pushed-back travel plans. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in a coffee break...
Diving or snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef was on my "bucket-list" before I even knew that was a thing. I imagined a colourful alternate universe and although I've since come to realise that you can find more pristine coral elsewhere, the excitement of this Australian adventure hasn't left me. Visible from space, with a string of islands and linking reefs over 2,300 kms long, this is the largest coral network in the world- it's an incredible place to be!
My main photo for this edition of Friday Fix is a green turtle, one of six different turtle species that come to the reef to breed. Unfortunately, sea turtles are dependent on sandy beaches for nesting and have been badly affected by coastal development across the world. Green turtles are now classified as endangered and I still feel so lucky whenever I see one. I've always loved their symmetrical patterned shells and slightly dopey attitudes and this one wasn't at all shy.
The dazzling parrot fish above is actually one of the reef's natural gardeners- these grazers eat algae off the coral, allowing it to flourish and sustain this giant ecosystem. Protecting the parrot fish is therefore vital to the success of the estimated 1500 species of fish which live on the Great Barrier Reef and everything else between plankton and sharks on the food chain.
If you want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, be sure to check the environmental credentials of the boat company you use and never touch the coral or anything else down there. Please?! Personally I would like to discover the other, less popular but also enormous, coral reef on the West coast of Australia.
Thank-you for reading. Good luck with the rest of your day and have a great weekend! :)
Previous editions of Friday Fix:
For other underwater worlds to get lost in try: