Friday Fix: The Great Barrier Reef

 

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...

 

green turtle, great barrier reef, Australia
Green turtle
Parrot fish Great Barrier Reef Australia
Parrot fish.

 

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.

Lined Butterflyfish, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Lined Butterflyfish

Thank-you for reading. Good luck with the rest of your day and have a great weekend! :)

 





Previous editions of Friday Fix:

  1. Angkor Thom, Cambodia
  2. Nanuya Balavu Island, Fiji
  3. Chefchaouen and the mountains, Morocco.


For other underwater worlds to get lost in try:

  1. Castara, Tobago- "just a small part of paradise".
  2. Caqalai- my favourite place on Earth, Fiji.


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Comments: 12
  • #1

    Lizzie (Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:14)

    That turtle is great!

  • #2

    Becky Padmore (Wednesday, 15 April 2015 02:59)

    I'm off there soon for the second time, can't wait!

  • #3

    featherytravels (Wednesday, 15 April 2015 08:07)

    I'm very jealous Becky!

  • #4

    Alan Brown (Saturday, 18 April 2015 16:35)

    The great barrier reef has been on my bucket list as long as I can remember, but maybe it would be cool to visit the reef on the west coast that you mentioned too!

  • #5

    Michelle (Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:27)

    I loved the Great Barrier Reef! Really would love to go back!!

  • #6

    featherytravels (Thursday, 23 April 2015 17:26)

    I hope you both get there some time soon!

  • #7

    Nomad'er How Far (Friday, 24 April 2015 01:42)

    We are looking forward to seeing some of the reef :) and we will be sure to check the credentials of the companys doing the tour before hand! Cant wait to see a turtle :)

  • #8

    Katie (Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:16)

    Lovely info! I have yet to dive (or visit even) Australia. :( Parrot fish are one of my favorite fish to see. Not only are they colorful, but they're a great indicator species for a healthy reef system!

  • #9

    Katie Featherstone (Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:51)

    Thanks guys. I'm sure you'll get to Australia at some point Katie. You have all the time in the world.

  • #10

    Natasha von Geldern (Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:21)

    I've done so much in Australia but this is one thing that is still on my list! Worried the Australian government will destroy it before I can get there now...

  • #11

    Katie Featherstone (Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:53)

    Yup, lets hope not!

  • #12

    Becky Padmore (Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:33)

    I've just come back from there and it was amazing, such a beautiful place!

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