In our post Virtuoso Travel Week trends report, travel advisor Barrett Hollo shares, "Just a few weeks back, our friends at qualia launched a brand new lounge by Heart Island in the Great Barrier Reef. They land their heli directly on the roof of the lounge + from there, clients have a truly luxurious experience in the center of the world’s largest coral reef system.” 🚁 #smartflyer
Lady Elliot Island - biggest amount of money I ever spent in a single day but it was totally worth it!
(drift snorkeling between the most beautiful corals in the clearest water I've ever seen with dozens of turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays and thousands of fish)
Around the Bend at Osprey Reef is a rare piece of reef topography that attracts big pelagic life, tuna, sharks, manta rays etc however on the rare occasion you find pure magic!
Meet the Halimeda Ghost Pipefish! Which resembles a common algae that grows all around the #greatbarrierreef and as it dies, it calcifies and adds too the reef base, 13 cm over about 1,000 years.
This is my first time encountering this gorgeous creature, however I knew exactly what it was the second I noticed algae swimming along a wall at 20 metres.
PS while photographing this creature I missed a manta ray and 4 scalloped hammerhead sharks doh? Pick and choose your battles aye!
Hit read more for some pretty cool marine science info about saving the animales!
🐬🐋🐡🐠🦑🐙🦈🦀🦞🐟🦐 —————————- This photo was taken from a section of Clovelly Bay in Sydney, AUSTRALIA y’all! 🇦🇺 Not only am I stoked to be here but I’m also learning some awesome things. Clovelly Bay is actually a Marine Protected Area (MPA for short). Something really awesome about MPA’s are that they provide a safe haven for a lot of marine animals that we love, such as: whales, dolphins, fishies, sea turdles, sharks (trigger baby shark song), and so much more!
MPAs help our animals in a lot of ways, such as: protecting them from harmful human activities, providing a safe place to breed/give birth, and maintaining their natural environment. Something I’ve also noticed - The United States does not have nearly as many MPAs as Australia! Well you might be thinking, “Well duh Jordan, they’re a huge island”
or “Yeah well that’s because they care more about their environment” Yes and yes! Australia is a huge island, but so is the United States 🤔. Australia is actually BIGGER than the United States! And they do tend to have more care for their environment than the US, but that’s only because they are actually making change happen!
In my opinion, there’s no reason why the United States cannot have as many, if not more MPAs than America! The reason why this isn’t happening is due to a lack of knowing these things ... sooooo spread the word y’all and stay curious!!!🤙🏼✨
Coral reefs have long suffered from overfishing, water pollution, and land clearing . However, climate change is now the biggest threat . Climate change affects coral reefs in many ways, including more frequent severe storms [4, 8], but the most serious is recurrent "coral bleaching" .
Corals have a close relationship with algae. The algae give the coral sugars, and in return get a safe home in the coral . Under high temperatures, the coral expels the algae, leaving just the white 'skeleton' of the coral. This is called coral bleaching .
Bleached corals aren't necessarily dead. They can survive for a short period, and if the temperature returns to normal, the algae will come back and the corals regain their colour . However, bleached corals are weak and vulnerable to disease , often resulting in their death .
Half of the Great Barrier Reef DIED due to bleaching in 2016 and 2017 [6, 9]. While bleaching is a natural event, climate change makes it happen more often [6, 7]. Damaged reefs can take over 10 years to recover, so bleaching one year after another may make recovery impossible [6, 8].
100% of coral is expected to die with 2°C of warming . This would have much more severe consequences than the loss of the beautiful corals themselves: over 25% of fish species use coral reefs for food or shelter [1,9]. So, when corals die, many other animals die with them. This is called an 'extinction-cascade' . It will also have effects on humans: coral reefs currently give protection from flooding and provide food for about 500 million people .
If 2°C warming kills all coral reefs, try to imagine what 3°C or 4°C would do. This is where the Earth is headed if we don't drastically change .
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