The Great Barrier Reef is one of the largest living structures in the world, consisting of over 3000 individual reefs, and billions of corals, invertebrates, crustaceans, and fish. Making it rich in biodiversity and one of the natural wonders of the world.
To get to the reef, or a reef. You need to board a charter vessel, or have one that is seaworthy for the 3-4hour passage out to the reef. The reef is closer to the shoreline in the north, and the further south you go, the more you will need to travel to get to the reef sights. Today, the passage goes past magnetic island and out to the reef. This time of year there are also a few whales nearby as well. You need to keep a good eye on the water though.
I am joined on the upper deck by two young passengers that enjoyed the ride out. Today we had 6-8m swell and the boat was turned into a rollercoaster on the way out. On the way back it was a bit more forgiving. Even the captain was not well in the rough seas. By the end of the journey, it was only me and the boy who were not ill. We had a fantastic time eating all the food everyone else could not stomach.
Visiting the reef when I was 14, and now at 28, there has been a remarkable difference in the corals, but also the number of fish. I have concerns about global warming in this regard that will be covered later in the week. The way the reef interacts with climate is complex, but there are some basic ideas, theories, and concepts I will write about.
Until then I will be diving the reef looking for subjects, and creatures needed for the articles I will write. With me I am taking a Fujifilm XP130 which is waterproof to 30m! Perfect for landscape photographs underwater. In order to take photographs of my subjects, I am taking a Canon-7d in a waterproof housing. Between the two I hope to find something special this month.
Journey to the reef:
The Great Barrier Reef: