The Coral Sea
The Coral Sea is a vast marine ‘wilderness’, lying between the Great Barrier Reef and the waters off Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands.
It is home to an incredible diversity of marine life, and is one of the last remaining places on Earth with healthy populations of big fish such as marlin, rare deepwater sharks and other ocean giants, including the dwarf minke whale and the world’s largest fish, the majestic whale shark. It is also the site of the world’s only known black marlin spawning event.
From thickly forested islands to small sandy cays, beautiful coral reefs and yet to be explored sea mounts and deep sea canyons, the Coral Sea contains 49 different habitats and supports more than 300 different threatened species.
Almost half the size of Queensland, Coral Sea Marine Reserve included a huge sanctuary for marine life and what was effectively the largest recreational fishing zone in Australia’s history.
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