In 1975 the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was established.
Then in October 1981 the Great Barrier Reef was listed as a World Heritage site.
The Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is the largest living structures on the Earth. It’s so big that it’s visible from space.
The Great Barrier Reef is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs.
The Great Barrier Reef encompasses over 900 islands along 2,600 kilometers.
To give some perspective, the Great Barrier Reef is greater than the United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland combined. Or, put another way, it is approximately the same size as each of the following countries: Japan, Malaysia, Italy, Germany.
How many species live in the Great Barrier Reef?
Great Barrier Reef Statistics:
The Discovery of the Great Barrier Reef:
In 1768 Louis de Bougainville found the reef during an exploratory mission, but for some reason he didn’t claim it for France.
On 11 June 1770, HM Bark Endeavour, captained by explorer James Cook ran around on the Great Barrier Reef, sustaining considerable damage. During this voyage Cook also named the Whitsundays the Cumberland Islands after the Duke of Cumberland.
How was the Great Barrier Reef Named?
Matthew Flinders named the Great Barrier Reef during his circumnavigation of Australia.