The Kimberley land and marine environment is of global importance. As a region, it has some of the largest intact natural areas left on the planet – comparable only with areas such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Amazon rainforest.
The Kimberley marine environment is one of the last remaining large and healthy refuges for many threatened and endangered species, such as sharks, dugong, dolphins, turtles and whales.
An estimated 22,000 humpback whales – the world’s largest population – make the Kimberley coast their home each year. These whales give birth and breed between Broome and Camden Sound and prepare for the annual migration to their Antarctic feeding grounds.
The coastal waters of the Kimberley also provide critical habitat for the newly discovered snub-fin dolphin, and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles are found there.
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