The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1400 miles over an area of 133,000 sq. miles. The reef is located in the Coral Sea off the coast Queensland, Australia.

While the reef itself is technically just the coral, the reef supports a diversity of life. In this post I wanted to focus strictly on the fish of the reef. Part 2 of the Great Barrier Reef will be solely on the coral of the reef and will be posted on Tuesday.

The Great Barrier Reef supports a great diversity of life, including some species that are only found in this reef system. The wildlife that lives in the Great Barrier Reef are:

• 30 species of whales, dolphin and porpoises
• 17 species of sea snakes
• 6 species of sea turtles
• 125 species of sharks, stingrays, skates and chimaera
• 9 species of seahorse
• 215 species of birds live on the islands with approximately 1.5 million birds nest on the islands.
• More than 1500 species of fish live on the Great Barrier Reef system.

While there are an amazing amount of wildlife that lives off the Great Barrier Reef, the focus of this post is on the fish that live within the reef. Obviously I can only feature a small number of the fish that live in the reef because I was only able to spend one day snorkeling and diving on the reef. While I did get a chance to see many species of fish, the fish that I was able to get nice photos of are shown below.

The fish that I saw while diving are:

Two spot red snapper

Giant King fish

Yellowtail Fusilier

Humphead Maori

Humphead Maori Wrasse in Great Barrier Reef

The fish that I saw while snorkeling are:

White tip Reef Shark

Scissortail Sargent

Rainford’s Butterflyfish

Six bar Wrasse

Sargent Major Fish

Blue Lined Surgeon

Six Banded Angelfish

The Great Barrier Reef is amazing and being able to experience it is truly a blessing even if it is just for a day.

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