The Great Barrier Reef is the one and the only gigantic reef system that is built with 2900 individual corals and around 900 islands. These 900 islands are stretching over 2300km and most of those tropical islands are blessed with sun kissed golden sandy beaches. This picturesque Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing that can be seen from the outer space. This marvelous reef system is larger than The Great Wall of China. It is approximately similar to the size of Italy, Germany, Japan or Malaysia. The breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef makes it a World Heritage site and also named as one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World.
The Great Barrier Reef is a combination of billions of coral polyps forming a gigantic colorful coral system. All the dying corals are turning to a stone wall allowing the living corals to compose on it. This has been happening for millions of years. This eco system provides a home to many living sea creatures as well as to an extraordinary amount of species of sea plants. This diverse range of sea creatures expand, but not limit to beautiful corals, colorful fishes from small sprats to big whales, different species of molluscs, vivid sea anemones, eye catching algae and sponges, crustaceans and other aquatic animals such as sea snakes, turtles and worms. This wonderful array of species add a value to the Great Barrier Reef which cannot be expressed in words.
The Great Barrier Reef is in Coral Sea near the coast of Queensland in Australia. Now a days this place has become a very popular tourist destination. The natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef allow all its visitors to enjoy many fun activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, cruise ship tours, glass-bottom boat tours, scenic helicopter tours, whale watching and even swimming with dolphins. This unforgettable experiences attracts thousands of tourists to this place every year.
However, the Great Barrier Reef has started to die recently. The drastic change of climate, excessive amount of tourism, illegal fishing around the coral reef, mixing of pesticides and others chemicals in river water with sea water are some of the reasons for this damage. Therefore it is very important to minimize these harmful things and maintain a proper tourist management. That is the only way to save this natural wonder and pass it to our future generation.