Life on the Seabed
|Life on the seabed. Photo: CSIRO
While some parts of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, such as coral
reefs, are relatively well understood, less is known about the numbers
and types of organisms that live on the seabed between the reefs, and
in the deeper parts of the Marine Park.
From the coast to the Eastern edge of the marine park can be found seagrass
fields, forests of soft corals, the remains of ancient reefs, mud and
sandflats, gravel and shoal bottoms. These different habitats support
a huge variety of life, including fish and prawns, sponges and sea cucumbers.
Scientists are currently investigating life on the seabed across the
whole Marine Park as part of the Great Barrier Reef
Seabed Biodiversity Project.