The Magical Ningaloo Reef
If you are looking for a family friendly place to take the kids on vacation look no further than the Ningaloo Reef. Whale Shark sightings are plentiful in the coastal region of this World heritage protected Site. A World Heritage Site is a place that is recognized by the United Nations for having cultural, historical or scientific significance. They are considered as crucial to the interest of humans as a whole. They are heavily protected. It is Australia’s largest fringing coastal Reef.
Each year it is famed for its Ningaloo Reef whale shark population which aggregates there during March to June. This migratory species is known to be pelagic, meaning to live in the open sea but not in the deep parts of the ocean. They are peaceful fish that feed on the plankton of the reef as well as copepods, krill, fish eggs, Christmas Island red crab larvae and tiny squid or fish. It is also known to eat clouds of eggs during the spawning season of other fish and corals. They may have many rows of vestigial teeth, but they don’t help in eating. They eat using a system known as either ram filtration. This is when a creature opens its mouth and swims frontwards. This action causes the pushing of water and food into the mouth. They can also do active suction feeding. This is when the animal opens and closes its mouth, taking in a lot of water that is then expelled through the gills. They have filter pads to separate and distinguish the food from the water.
Marine Life is Abundant
The Ningaloo Reef whale shark isn’t the only visitor to the Ningaloo Reef each year. There is marine life everywhere as the reef supports over 500 species of fish. This is a reef full in colorful coral and other marine animals. If you come during the winter months, you will see that the reef is part of a migratory route for many animals. Dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales all come to the reef regularly during this season. They aren’t the only ones. The beaches of the reef are filled with animals that are in the process of breeding. You can find loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles here. Animals also come to the reef to nest and hunt for food.
Great Place to Visit
With the abundant Ningaloo Reef whale Shark population and the other species of fish and coral, it makes the Ningaloo Reef a very popular holiday destination for visiting tourists from all around the globe.
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