A new video launched by World Wildlife Fund shines light on the beauty of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest reef system, consisting of nearly 3,000 small individual reefs. A turtle wearing a GoPro allows you to explore the diverse depths of this spectacular underwater treasure land. Reminds me ‘Finding Nemo’s’ crazy turtle ride near the East Australian Current!
Spanning over 1,400 miles, this area is home to huge population of living organisms, containing thousands of species, including some that are considered to be at risk of extinction.
The WWF and other environmental groups are pushing for the reef to be listed as “in danger,” which would mean the Australian government would have to work harder to protect it from pollution, dredging, fishing and other dangers. On July 1, the United Nation’s UNESCO announced that it wouldn’t give the reef an “in danger” designation, though it acknowledged that the health of the reef continued to decline.
Australian officials have claimed that they are committed to solving the problems without the need for ‘danger’ status.
“Until the plans for the massive coal mine and port expansion are dropped, it’s impossible to take Australia’s claims that they are protecting the reef seriously,” Greenpeace’s Jess Panegyres told the BBC.