25 Interesting Great Barrier Reef Facts You’ll Want To Hear

A couple of months ago, Outside Magazine published an obituary for the Great Barrier Reef, informing the readers that the iconic coral reef system “died after a long illness.” The good news is the article was greatly exaggerated; the Great Barrier Reef is not dead yet. However, the bad news is the reef is in serious trouble, and it really is going to die if we don’t help it recover. This great Reef is one of the largest and most spectacular natural features on the planet, and we definitely should do our very best to save it. To raise awareness about the Reef and the difficulties it has been struggling with, we decided to compile this post with 25 Interesting Great Barrier Reef Facts You’ll Want To Hear.


The world's largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands.

Great Barrier ReefSource: wikipedia.org

With its area of over 345,000 sq km (134,000 sq mi), the Great Barrier Reef is larger than most countries. The reef would place 63rd, just between Germany and the Republic of the Congo. It is also larger than most American states, outdone only by Alaska, Texas, California, and Montana.

Great Barrier ReefSource: mentalfloss.com, image: pixabay.com (public domain)


The Great Barrier Reef was born on the eastern coast of the continent of Australia during the Miocene Epoch, some 25 million years ago.

prehistoric marine lifeSource: outsideonline.com

The world's biggest structure made by living organisms, the Great Barrier Reef is so big it can actually be seen from outer space.

AustraliaSource: wikipedia.org


The reef is a biodiversity hotspot; it is home to more than 1500 species of fish, 215 species of birds, more than 3000 species of mollusks, 6 of the world’s 7 species of marine turtles, 30 species of whales and dolphins, one of the world’s most important dugong populations and much more.

green_turtle_swimming_over_coral_reefs_in_konaSource: huffingtonpost.com

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