Oceans are incredible creation and seas are things of beauty. They have a fascinating mix of beautiful underwater garden, colorful marine life, and exhilarating sea creatures. Coral reefs, in particular, are not only exquisite but also helps balance the planet Earth’s rich ecosystem. They generate half of the Earth’s oxygen and absorb nearly one-third of the carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, a lot of these beauties are endangered. But there are still a lot of coral reefs we can enjoy and take care of. Here are some of them.
Rainbow Reef is the most suitable name for this locale. It showcases a colorful array of marine creatures. It has 230 hard and soft corals and almost 1,200 species of fish in different colors that are more than just eye candies. No wonder, this spot remains one of the most frequently visited snorkeling and diving destinations in the world.
The Tubbataha Reef Natural Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 because it has pristine coral reefs and extensive lagoons and two coral islands. The reefs also feature 600 species of fish, 360 species of coral, 11 species of sharks and 13 species of dolphins and whales, birds plus Hawksbill and Green sea turtles. No wonder, this reef is recognized as a top diving site in the world.
The coral formations at Cayo Coral are not the ones that would amaze you but rather the spectacularly colorful sponges that have occupied the seabed. The colors vary from Blue turquoise, emerald green or crimson red but all in all, it creates a breathtakingly beautiful and colorful seascape.
Another UNESCO heritage site, the island of Lord Howe itself is beautiful above the sea. But once you dive into the crystal-clear aquamarine water, there is more wonder than meets the eye. Why, this marine park is home to 90 coral species, 500 different species of fish and you can get up close and personal with dolphins, humpback whales, and sharks.