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People Are Visiting The Great Barrier Reef To Say Goodbye

By Koty Neelis

Ecotourism has become a popular way for compassionate travelers to experience the world while giving back to the communities they visit but one environmentally-focused tourist activity in Australia that's popped up recently is a little different. Travelers are visiting The Great Barrier Reef to bid farewell before the impact of warming ocean temperatures destroy it completely.

Greater in size than the United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland combined, the Great Barrier is a 1,400-mile-long stretch of coral off the coast of Queensland, northeastern Australia. It's the home for a variety of animals, including thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, six of the world’s seven species of threatened sea turtles, at least 30 species of mammals, and more than 1,500 fish species. 

Although it's been around for 20 million years, the effects of climate change haven't been kind to the reef. In the last two years alone the the makeup and mix of species that encompass it have changed dramatically.