Fish of the Great Barrier Reef

Stretching for 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world. Made up of 2,900 individual reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see location for anyone visiting the Whitsundays. Whether you want to go sailing, scuba diving or snorkelling on your holiday adventure, you’ll want to explore the magic of the Great Barrier Reef.

Along with the incredible coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef, the animals that live here will leave you in awe. There’s so much incredible wildlife to see, from jelly fish to Dugongs, whales to sea turtles. There are also over 1,500 species of fish! So what fish can you discover on your Great Barrier Reef adventure?

Wrasse

Wrasse are one of the most common fish in the Great Barrier Reef, but though they are common, they are still spectacular. These fish can live for 30 years and can grow up to two meters. They have a distinctive bump on their heads and large lips, making them easily recognisable. Despite living so long, and being relatively common in this area, wrasse are sadly an endangered species.

Triggerfish

Another easily recognisable fish of the Great Barrier Reef is the triggerfish, with beautiful lines and spots that separate them from the rest of the fish in this reef system. Triggerfish are feisty creatures, known to be very aggressive, often biting other fish with their strong jaws.

Surgeonfish

On your Great Barrier Reef adventure you might even meet Dory! The surgeonfish, now famous from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, is also known as a pacific blue tang. This fish is one of the many vital elements of the wildlife, keeping the Great Barrier Reef alive by eating algae and keeping the algae on corals down to a manageable level. While most of us know the bright blue of Dory, you might also find surgeonfish in light violet and even yellow colours if you see one young enough.

Clownfish

And then, of course, there’s Nemo. He can be found in the Whitsundays as part of your Great Barrier Reef adventure. This little guy is an anemone fish, very popular amongst the diving and snorkelling community as they can be found often in shallow waters. Clownfish are very small and protect themselves by hiding in anemones, but their distinctive orange and white colours make them easy to spot.

Whether you’re planning a sailing and snorkelling adventure, or if you are planning to learn to scuba dive to explore the Great Barrier Reef, these are some of the fish you will discover. That’s not all, though, as there are literally thousands more waiting for you to find them on your Great Barrier Reef adventure.