In 2014 the Catlin Seaview Survey's major region of focus is South East Asia, this area includes the global epicentre for coral reefs, the Coral Triangle. Today (June 9) is Coral Triangle Day and to celebrate we've created the world's first 360° infographic with facts and figures about this area. The graphic has been published on our Google Views page along with some other new panoramic content from the region.
The Coral Triangle includes the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Solomon Islands. Named for its staggering number of corals (nearly 600 different species of reef-building corals alone), the area is home to 76% of the world's coral species!
It's not just corals that you will find here, the region nurtures six of the world’s seven marine turtle species and more than 3000 species of reef fish. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, dugongs and whale sharks feed, breed and migrate in these waters and the area also supports large populations of commercially important tuna, fueling a multi-billion dollar global tuna industry.
Over 120 million people live on the islands within the Coral Triangle and rely on its coral reefs for food, income and protection from storms.
With so much life relying on the region, Coral Triangle Day is a time for scientists, marine park mangers, government officials, residents and ocean-lovers to think about how we are managing this critical area.