Our pick of the 5 best places to dive with Manta Rays, from the Maldives and Indonesia, to Palau and Australia.
From pilot to preservationist, Peter Gash has transformed a deserted mine site into an eco resort that gifts guests with a love for the marine environment and a desire to protect it.
Cleo was born at Reef HQ – the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Townsville. Cleo’s Mum is a leopard shark called Leonie, and here’s the surprise: Cleo doesn’t have a father.
Lady Elliot Island, on the southern Great Barrier Reef, has great diving year round and being just 10 km from the East Australian Current has visits from mantas, turtles and whales at different times of the year.
Here’s where to see turtles on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Biodiversity #22 – Queensland Groper (Epinephelus lanceolatus). The largest bony fish associated with coral reefs growing to nearly 3m length. Has a large mouth and rounded tail. Diet includes sharks and young turtle.
Biodiversity #10 – Manta rays are among the largest fish in the ocean, growing up to 7m from wing tip to wing tip. Manta rays also have the largest brain to body size ratio of any living fish. They are completely harmless unless you happen to be a plankton. They are aware of, and interact with divers.