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Friday 24 November 2023

Review: Wildlife of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

'The greatest living structure in the world!'

Wildlife of Australia's Great Barrier Reef is another beautiful book from Myke Mollard.

Packed with gorgeous illustrations and useful information, Wildlife of Australia's Great Barrier Reef is a window into a stunning underwater world. 

The inside end paper gives context for the reef, and a map of the Queensland coastline and adjacent islands identifying the diffferent parts of the reef (southern, central, northern, and far north). 

From there, the book explores the many aspects of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world at more than 2,300 km long.

Learn about how the reef came into existence, and about some of the different types of coral, birds, fish, and other marine creatures. There's also important information about threats to the reef, which include global warming, pollution, fishing, tourism, shipping, and disease.

If you've ever been fortunate enough to see the reef in person or on television, you'll understand how incredible it is. Only 300 species are captured in Wildlife of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. That's only about 3% of what can be found on the reef.

Special features in the book include sharks, stingrays and manta rays, jellyfish, eels, sea snakes, octopus, and dolphins. Other starring marine life include nudibranches (the reef has around 1,000 different species), crustaceans (about 1,300 species), molluscs (more than 3,000 species live on the reef), and turtles (six of the world's seven sea tutle species live on the reef).

Enormous colourful, cross-section style illustrations make looking at the book like viewing an aquarium, or diving beneath the sea yourself. Miniatures of many of the illustrations are on the closing end paper, labelled with the names of the creatures depicted.

An excellent gift for readers of any age who love the sea or are environmentally conscious. Add this book to your bookshelf as a reminder of the precious natural world on our doorstep. 

Wildlife of Australia's Great Barrier Reef is a visual treat.

Title: Wildlife of Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Author/Illustrator: Myke Mollard
Publisher: Woodslane Press, $ 29.99
Publication Date: November 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922800367
For ages: 5+
Type: Junior Non-Fiction