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The Great Barrier Reef

Splendours of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef as seen from a helicopter.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The Daintree estuary.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The reef attracts not only surfers and divers but also scientists, environmentalists and nature lovers.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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A forest of corals, staghorn presumably, as seen from the semi-submersible.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The Great Adventures pontoon in the outer reef.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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Ballooning over the Atherton tablelands before sunrise.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour at the Daintree rainforest.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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A koala with its cub.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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A crocodile, an inhabitant of the Daintree river.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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At the Wildlife Habitat theme park, kangaroos crowd around visitors much like pet dogs.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The pelican.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The magpie goose.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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Strangler fig, Daintree rainforest.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The parakeet.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The cockatoo.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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The wild kookaburra.Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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