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The Great Barrier Reef

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  1. The Great Barrier Reef By: Allison B.

  2. Facts about the reef • It’s the worlds largest coral reef. • 60 meters below the surface of eastern Queensland, Australia. • Covers an area larger than 23000 square Kilometers.

  3. The reef contains: • About 1500 species of fish. • About 360 species of corals. • About 600 species of starfish, sea urchin, and sea cucumbers. • About 500 species of seaweed. • About 200 species of birds. • About 125 species of sharks. • 6 types of turtles. • A variety of Mammals including whales, dolphins and many more.

  4. Some pictures

  5. More Pictures

  6. Newer discoveries - A comb Jellyfish. (left) Released September 2008. - Seaweed (Right) called Caulerpa Cupressoides. Released September 2008. - Green banded snapping shrimp. (left) Released September 2008.

  7. Newer Discoveries cont. - A colony of smaller animals called Salpae. (Left) Released September 2008. - A pair of fan worms. (Below) Released September 2008. - A species of slug calledNudibranch. (Right) Released September 2008.

  8. Newer Discoveries cont. - A species of soft Coral. Released September 2008.

  9. 6 of the most dangerous animals • Box Jellyfish. It possesses powerful venom and stings are sometimes fatal but the stings can be bearable. • Irukandji Jellyfish. Impossible to see. Stings could go unnoticed for up to a half-hour. • Blue Ringed Octopus. The size of an adult hand. The octopus bites and injects its venom through the bite. Its usually fatal. • Cone Shells. If threatened it will fire a harpooned-like dart into the victim. The sting is felt immediately. • Stone Fish. 13 spines along the back of the fish inject a highly toxic venom if pressure is applied. The pain is excruciating. • Lion Fish. Member of Scorpion family. Threat to swimmers. Sting is painful and instant. Fins double up as lethal spines that penetrate the skin at the chance.

  10. Pictures of 6 of the most dangerous animals <---- Box Jellyfish Irukandji Jellyfish -----> <----- Blue-Ringed Octopus Cone Shell -----> <---- Stonefish Lion Fish --

  11. Resources • http://animals.about.com/cs/habitats1/a/blwl071403.htm • http://www.the-great-barrier-reef-experience.com/dangerous-animals-of-the-reef.html