Whitsundays Ecosystem

Great Barrier Reef

Maori Wrasse

The Great Barrier Reef marine park is home to 1625 different species of fish that come in all manner of shapes, colours and sizes.

The Great Barrier Reef marine park is home to 1625 different species of fish that come in all manner of shapes, colours and sizes. 1400 of these species live on the coral reefs and one of the l...


Spiny Rock Lobster

Spiny Rock Lobsters or crayfish as they are known in Australia, are a family of crustaceans consisting of about 60 species.

Spiny Rock Lobsters or crayfish as they are known in Australia, are a family of crustaceans consisting of about 60 species. Although they are called lobsters and have a similar appearance they ...


Giant Trevally

The giant trevally, as its name suggests is a large fish in the jack family which includes fish like the amber jack and rainbow runners. Most species in this family are large, strong, fast swimming predatory fish.

The giant trevally, as its name suggests is a large fish in the jack family which includes fish like the amber jack and rainbow runners. Most species in this family are large, strong, fast swim...


Cowtail Stingray

Stingrays are a group of fishes which are, believe it or not, closely related to sharks, that can be found all over the world in both marine and freshwater environments.

Stingrays are a group of fishes which are, believe it or not, closely related to sharks, that can be found all over the world in both marine and freshwater environments. Both stingrays and shar...


Lace Monitor

Goanna is the umbrella name given to the group of large Australian lizards in the monitor family. Monitors are large lizards native to Australia, Africa and throughout Asia.

Goanna is the umbrella name given to the group of large Australian lizards in the monitor family. Monitors are large lizards native to Australia, Africa and throughout Asia. They are known for ...


Barracuda

Barracuda is the name given to any of the 28 species of fish in the family Sphyraenidae. They have a reputation for being bold, fearsome, and even vicious fish which are dangerous to humans.

Barracuda is the name given to any of the 28 species of fish in the family Sphyraenidae. They have a reputation for being bold, fearsome, and even vicious fish which are dangerous to humans. Th...


White Bellied Sea Eagle

The white-bellied sea eagle, also known as the white-breasted sea eagle is a large bird of prey in the Accipitridae family, which includes other eagles, hawks, and kites.

The white-bellied sea eagle, also known as the white-breasted sea eagle is a large bird of prey in the Accipitridae family, which includes other eagles, hawks, and kites. A prominent feature of...


Kookaburra

The kookaburras are a group of birds in the kingfisher family. They are the largest of all the kingfishers and there are currently four species of kookaburra, and all are native to either Australia and/or New Guinea.

The kookaburras are a group of birds in the kingfisher family. They are the largest of all the kingfishers and there are currently four species of kookaburra, and all are native to either Austr...


Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

The sulphur crested cockatoo is a large member of the cockatoo family which falls under the parrot group.

The sulphur crested cockatoo is a large member of the cockatoo family which falls under the parrot group. There are 21 different species of cockatoo and they have a largely Australasian distrib...


Sea Turtles

One of the best known and most loved groups of marine animals are the sea turtles. They are marine reptiles that have existed on the planet for more than 100 million years and can be found worldwide excluding the freezing waters of the polar regions.

One of the best known and most loved groups of marine animals are the sea turtles. They are marine reptiles that have existed on the planet for more than 100 million years and can be found wo...


Dugongs

Dugongs are a mammal who call the ocean home and are part of a group of marine mammals called sirenia which includes manatees and the now extinct Steller's sea cow.

Dugongs are a mammal who call the ocean home and are part of a group of marine mammals called sirenia which includes manatees and the now extinct Steller's sea cow. The closest living rela...


Dolphins

Dolphins are up there as some of the most popular and most loved marine animals. They are a marine mammal in the cetacean group which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Dolphins are up there as some of the most popular and most loved marine animals. They are a marine mammal in the cetacean group which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. Just like other ce...


Humpback Whales

Humpback whales are part of a group of marine mammals known as cetaceans. This group includes whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Humpback whales are part of a group of marine mammals known as cetaceans. This group includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. The humpback can be found in all of the world's oceans from th...


Overview

If someone were to mention ecosystems in the Whitsundays most people's minds would instantly go to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most diverse and incredible ecosystems in the world.

If someone were to mention ecosystems in the Whitsundays most people's minds would instantly go to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most diverse and incredible ecosystems in the world. S...