Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest coral reef in the world. It is almost 2000 kilometers long...that's about 1700 miles! We went snorkeling out on the reef to see all different kids of sea life. I felt like I was in the movie Finding Nemo! Unfortunately a cyclone was going through part of Australia while we were there (that is just a hurricane spinning in the opposite direction) and the water was really rough so we didn't get to see too much. Also, everyone on the boat was throwing up which was pretty gross. I spent a lot of time in the water so I didn't have to hear/smell it! Shawn got to go scuba diving, but I declined since I much rather breathe through my nose (i know that my mom and brother are wondering where on earth I came from and why I possibly turned down the scuba offer!) I also learned something cool about clown fish (if you are reading this to your kids you may want to check first if you feel it is ok to read this part to them!) So a clown fish (like Nemo) can change between being a boy or girl if it is necessary. So if a female dies, the male would change into a female to be able to carry on the species. That would change the movie a bit! We tried to go back on on the reef another day but with the cyclone, the weather was just not cooperating!

1 comment:

  1. Is that just a normal thing - you go on a boat in Australia and everyone throws up? At least you guys actually got to snorkel at the end of it. I just threw up for a long time. . . and then turned around.
    Sorry to hear about the cyclone - I'm glad you guys got to see it, though! Isn't it just the most beautiful thing you've ever seen in your life? Where did you end up going?
    And that is CRAZY about the clown fish - I didn't know that!