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Enter the Coral

 

 

by Jame Moore

Nature lovers tend to gravitate to the most beautiful scenery this planet has to offer. But one of the most stunning sights to see actually exists below the bike or walking paths. It exists in the clear, blue water, where the orange and red, yellow and green coral reefs grow.

 

There are many in this world who want to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef; they want to snorkel and explore the beauty that lies beneath the water. This is  one habitat that’s not only called home by some of the most amazing creatures ever created, but also by some of the most dangerous.

 

Snorkeling has become, in its own right, an extreme sport. It is also a sport that is loved by millions. They want nothing more than to water fundon that diving mask and fins, pick up their snorkel ‘tube’ and head through a body of water in order to come face-to-face with the underwater attractions that have been placed there since the beginning of time.

 

It is no longer at the tropical resort or on the amazing honeymoon vacation that snorkeling can be enjoyed. People all over the planet are jumping on board (or, off-board), in order to partake of this recreational activity that appeals to everyone from the family guy to the daredevil. There is no more natural setting you can tour than the coral reefs, and no complex  equipment or year-long training is required to enjoy the unforgettable bounty.

 

Scuba diving and snorkeling have been altered to include a number of sports and careers over time; from the sports fan who loves underwater hockey to training teams to be search and rescue for the marine life, as well as human life, down below.

 

The mysteries that snorkeling uncovers are also expansive. People have explored reefs and come across actual shipwrecks. With the thought of pirate treasure in their minds, the ‘masked’ snorkelers have tons of fun with their explorations. And when it comes to studying marine life or getting a look at odd creatures that can’t be seen anywhere else, the snorkler gets to meet-up with all kinds of fish living among the strange rock formations.

 

With just the ability to swim and breathe through the snorkel tube without panic, a person can see this stunning piece of nature. But for those who are brand new to the sport, there are always instructors with experience who will go over everything from equipment and diving safety to the beautiful creatures versus the dangerous creatures down there that you need to watch out for on your adventure. Having a diving ‘buddy’ is always a must!

 

As it was said in the beginning of this article, Australia tends to be THE place for the diver who wants to see the most majestic and untouched reefs on Earth. The North Queensland/Cairns region is known as a travel paradise when it comes to scuba diving, and the choices are affordable for families.

 

Diving the Reef is the goal of the American adventurer, and gaining education and knowledge regarding the ‘issues’ out there that negatively effect these habitats is a huge plus.

 

Such as, there are Marine protected areas that guard against environmental degradation and climate change. But in the Coral Triangle, there are not as many as the world would like. Species in the Coral Triangle are having a hard time surviving without access to refuges that are undamaged by humans.

 

In other words, from the recreational diver all the way up to the expert, people can learn and help solve the needs that the reef and the marine life have in this day and age.

 

There are things that can and are being done to save this beauty so that it will forever be a part of Earth. Enjoy and help!

 

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