Expedition update: North Broken Passage


Today was the last day of this very exiting campaign across the Great Barrier Reef. We have travelled over 3,000 nautical miles across an incredible variety of reefs, evidence of the richness hosted in these waters. Here at the Northern Broken Passage, part of another unnamed reef, we encounter vertical walls of reef highly exposed to ocean currents because of its location. These oceanic currents carry with them large schools of pelagic fish, while the reefs provide food that can sustain big aggregations of these large and silver fishes. Indeed that’s exactly what we found, enormous aggregations of large fishes like Barracuda, Bluefin Trevally and Jacks across about 6 kilometres of reef. Overall the Catlin Seaview Survey has been a very exiting and challenging experience for the team. We have explored about 150 kilometres of the 32 locations surveyed in the Great Barrier Reefs, exposed to all sorts of weather conditions. We have discovered and documented a number of interesting assemblages of coral reefs, which are now being analysed, discussed and properly documented, to be featured on the Global Reef Record.

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