On most bucket lists, you’ll find a mention of The Great Barrier Reef, found off the coast of Australia. Of course, you’ve probably heard of this world wonder. But, have you ever been? The best way to see something like this is to go up close and personal. And, the only way to do that with the reef is by diving. This might sound scary, but don’t worry. This post will be going through some of the different ways you can see this beautiful landmark, and why it’s so important.
Seeing the ocean is best done below the surface. For this, you’ll probably need to do some scuba diving. This sort of diving involves wearing an oxygen tank and wetsuit, which enables you to dive without having to hold your breath. This can give you hours of time under the water, and you shouldn’t have to resurface. You can also try snorkeling, though. With snorkeling, you use a tube and set of goggles to allow you to float on the surface while still breathing. You can look down at the ocean floor, and see it’s beauty from above. Both of these options are great, but you should always do it with professional guidance. If you go with the right company, everything from your watersports mask to your oxygen tank will be provided.
The Great Barrier Reef isn’t actually a single reef. It’s a collection of dozens of smaller reefs, which have all joined together. The stunning formation that you see are coral. A lot of people mistake these for a plant or rock formation. But, they are, in fact, animals. They just move very slowly and keep growing until they die. When they die, the calcium in their formations remain. This leaves behind the reef that we see today. Of course, parts of the reef are still living. And, it’s always growing. But, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have it’s own share of issues.
The Great Barrier Reef, and others like it, are starting to die because of changes in the ocean. Different temperature, pollution, and oxygen levels are causing coral to bleach and slowly die. These changes are in part due to humans, but can also largely be put down to natural processes. The bleaching is caused when the coral expels algae that usually lives inside it. This algae provides the coral with food and their colour, hence the bleaching. This gives people a limited time to see this wonder. In the near future, these reefs will be destroyed. And, there’s not much that we can do about it. So, making sure that you see this sight before it passes is incredibly important.
Hopefully, this will inspire you to start exploring more of the ocean. The sea offers loads of unique and special sights, which can’t be found on land. This makes it important to try and see as much as you can. The ecosystems and environments that the ocean plays host to are magnificent. There truly is another world out there.