Animals living in the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of different animals, each unique and beautiful. So here are just few Tony Hakim animal lovers think you should look out for. These animals either find home in the Great Barrier Reef, or use the Great Barrier Reef regularly.

Whales, dolphins and porpoises

Up to 30 different species of whales, dolphins and porpoises make the Great Barrier Reef their home. In June and July of each year the dwarf minke whale temporarily set up their home in the Great Barrier Reef.  They use this time to eat small plankton and krill. Dwarf minke whales are a bit of a mystery as we don’t know where they come from or why they come to the Great Barrier Reef during this time.


Weighing up to 400kg and growing up to 3 metres long, the dugongs that make the Great Barrier Reef their home represent one of the largest populations of dugongs in the world.  They like to munch on different types of sea grass.


The Roseate tern is one of 200 different species of birds that live on the Great Barrier Reef. This protected species of bird migrates from the Great Barrier Reef to as far as Japan.

Sea Turtles

There are six different types of sea turtles that call the Great Barrier Reef their home. They consist of the Green, Leatherback, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead, Flatback and Hawksbill. Living up to 100 years these sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand, up to 100 at one time.

Sea snakes

At the moment there are about 15 different types of sea snakes in the Great Barrier Reef. They  feed on fish eggs, fish and burrowing eels, and can spend up to 2 hours underwater between taking breaths on the surface. These sea snakes have the ability to paralyse their prey with their poisonous venom.


Up to 1500 different species of fish use the Great Barrier Reef as their home. Some species include: the red bass, which is likely the oldest fish living; the whale shark, which is the biggest fish gracing the Great Barrier Reef; and the coral trout.

These are just few of the animals that can be found at the Great Barrier Reef. Our advice? Go for a holiday to Queensland and see how many animals you would be able to find.




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