Composed of over 2,900 individual reefs, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is the largest reef system in the world. At an impressive 2,600 kilometers, it can be seen from space.
The abundance of biodiversity in the Red Sea is one of the reasons its coral reefs are especially attractive. Their colorful and unique marine life, many of which are found nowhere else on earth, draw visitors from around the world. For this reason, many of the reefs, islands and coastal regions are protected.
Spanning 358 miles from the Dry Tortugas to Martin County along the Atlantic Coast, the Florida Reef System is the most significant barrier reef in North American waters. Parrotfish, loggerhead turtles and manatees are just a few of the inhabitants who rely on the Florida Reef System.
The New Caledonia Barrier Reef consists of the world’s largest lagoons and is only the second largest coral reef. Located in the South Pacific, it is also one of the most well-protected marine ecosystems where new species continue to be identified. The sheer numbers of biodiversity in New Caledonia’s waters make it the home of the largest marine park helping to preserve ecosystems.
Saya de Malha Banks located in the Indian Ocean is a series of narrow shoals. These shallow banks are covered with seagrass and are ideal breeding grounds for Humpback Whales and Blue Whales.

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