Learn about the amazing creatures that inhabit the coral reefs and how to protect them! You’ll see sharks and sea turtles, parrotfish, eels, octopus, clownfish, anemone and more. Plus there are lots of facts about the coral reef.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world. It can be found off the North East coast of Australia.
The Great Barrier Reef is larger than the entire country of Italy put together In fact, it is so big that astronauts can see the Great Barrier Reef from the moon. To give you an ideas of size, it spans about 70 million football fields!
Over 1500 kinds of fish live in the Great Barrier reef. The smallest fish is called the Stout Infant Fish which is only 7 millimetres long, and the biggest is the whale shark which can grow up to 12 metres long!
Fish on the Reef
The stripes and patterns on an angelfish act like a human fingerprint which makes each one unique.
The bodies of Butterfly Fish are very thin, which help them navigate through smaller passages.
Cardinal Fish are nocturnal and bury themselves within gaps in coral or caves during the daylight hours.
Over 160 species of shark live in the Great Barrier Reef.
Gobies live at the bottom levels of the reef and travel either alone or in small groups to avoid predators.
Clownfish live in shallow waters, making them easy to spot when you are snorkelling.
Make a coral reef
This is a colourful cardboard coral reef. All you need is a cardboard box, some colouring pictures and some glue or tape.
Use the information in the book, and your report, to decide where you will place your fish, sharks, coral or crabs.
You can make C shape pieces of card to attach your fish to the coral reef scene.