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 in the deeper parts of the world’s largest marine protected area.
From 2003 until 2006, the Great Barrier Reef Seabed Biodiversity Project will map sea floor habitats and their associated marine life across the length and breadth of the Marine Park. Scientists will collect samples at approximately 1,500 sites in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The information they collect will help protect and conserve this precious marine region.
Watch a 1-minute video to see how some of the animals collected on the seabed are identified back in the lab.