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Marine Life In Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia is one of the longest fringing coral reefs on our blue planet. Situated 1200 kilometres north of Perth on WA's mid west coast, Ningaloo Reef compares to the Great Barrier Reef in its outstanding beauty and species diversity. Stretching over 240kms, Ningaloo Reef is a fringing coral reef system which skirts the Cape Range limestone peninsular, and never extends more than a few kilometres offshore.
This stunning reef system is highly diverse - brimming with life because its a meeting point of southern temperate and northern tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. A multitude of marine wildlife lives in and around the reef, including many endangered marine species. The area is perhaps most renowned for the annual appearance of the world's largest fish, the filter-feeding whale shark. Whale sharks are highly vulnerable to extinction from commercial fisheries (outside Australia) which target them for their flesh and fins.
Ningaloo is also an important feeding and breeding area for manta rays, sea turtles, dugongs, sea birds and several different cetaceans such as humpback and southern right whales. The reef and adjacent terrestrial limestone (or karst) system create a highly diverse land/sea interface. Over 200 coral species, 600 different molluscs, and around 500 species of fish occur in the region, many relying on the reef lagoon as an important nursery ground.
All Info on the Nigaloo Reef Can Be Found at http://www.marineconservation.org.au/ Please donate to this great cause.
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