One of the greatest desires for many fans of exotic destinations is to spend time in the water snorkelling and swimming with sea turtles, one of the most fascinating and graceful inhabitants of the sea.
Sea turtles have existed for over 150 million years, long enough to witness the extinction of the dinosaurs. Like marine reptiles, they have adapted their bodies to live in the ocean and spend about 90% of their lives in the sea. Females reach the beaches to lay their eggs, while some species rest on the shore.
Sea turtles are skilled navigators and often migrate long distances in search of feeding areas and nesting beaches.
Here are five places where you are most likely to swim with sea turtles in their natural habitat.
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest coral agglomeration on Earth.
It stretches over 2300 kilometres from Bundaberg almost to Papua New Guinea and encompasses an incredible diversity of ecosystems.
This natural wonder is home to more than 1500 species of fish, 400 species of coral, 4000 species of molluscs and a myriad of other marine organisms. The coral reef is a place of extraordinary beauty, with its crystal-clear waters, tropical islands and white sandy beaches. It is a paradise for divers and snorkellers, thanks to its wealth of underwater fauna and flora.
The Great Barrier Reef is also an important indicator of the health of our planet. Here are some curiosities you may not have known about the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.