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The Great Barrier Reef. By: Allison B. 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. The reef contains: . About 1500 species of fish. About 360 species of corals. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier ReefBy: Allison B.Facts about the reefIts the worlds largest coral reef.60 meters below the surface of eastern Queensland, Australia.Covers an area larger than 23000 square Kilometers.

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.

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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.

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 called Nudibranch. (Right) Released September 2008.

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

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. Pictures of 6 of the most dangerous animals