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Ningaloo Reef

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Ningaloo Reef
Whale shark Australia.jpg
A whale shark at the reef located off the Ningaloo Coast
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name Ningaloo Coast
Location North West Australia
Coordinates 22°33′45″S 113°48′37″E / 22.56250°S 113.81028°E / -22.56250; 113.81028Coordinates: 22°33′45″S 113°48′37″E / 22.56250°S 113.81028°E / -22.56250; 113.81028
Criteria Natural: vii, x
Reference 1369
Inscription 2011 (35th Session)
Ningaloo Reef is located in Australia
Ningaloo Reef
Location of the Ningaloo Coast off the west coast of the Australian continent

Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest coral reefs in the world.[1] It is off the North West Cape in Western Australia. It is about 260 km (162 mi) long.

Ningaloo has about 200 species of hard coral and 50 species of soft coral.[2] More than 520 species of fish live on the reef.[2] Species that can be found at the reef include whale sharks, manta rays, humpback whales, dugongs, and Potato Cod.[2] There are also six of the world's seven sea turtles including the Green turtle, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Hawksbill turtle and Flatback turtle.[2][3]

Marine Park[change | change source]

The Ningaloo Reef Marine Park covers an area of about 5000 square kilometers.[1]

The reef is popular with people from all over the world who come to go scuba diving and snorkeling.

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ningaloo WA". Tourism Western Australia. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Ningaloo Reef". Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  3. "Ningaloo Reef". WWF Australia. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 

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