The Great Barrier Reef is home to a stunning array of animals, from microscopic plankton to whales weighing more than 100 tonnes. More than just fish and coral, the Great Barrier Reef supports:

Species of conservation concern

The Great Barrier Reef is a refuge for many species of conservation concern. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority works to protect marine animal species that are threatened, iconic or at risk.

Protected species are those that are protected by law and need special management.