Angelfish On The Great Barrier Reef

Regal Angel-Fish

Angelfish On The Great Barrier Reef.

Angelfish are well known for their brilliant colors and striking patterns. The smaller species form harems consisting of a male and up to five females with sex reversal of the dominant female occurring within about 3 weeks if the male is lost or dies. Larger species are generally found in pairs, they may bond strongly and occupy the same reef site for many years. The pairs will defend their territory from intruders, dashing from one shelter to another and emitting an audible grunting sound to warn their partner and put the intruder on notice to leave. The Regal Angelfish has large yellow stripes outlined with dark blue and then large white stripes painted vertically on the sides of their bodies. The dorsal and bottom fin tend to have orange stripes with blue highlights.

Some species of Angel fish feed on zoo plankton, a microscopic plankton that is difficult to see with the human eye but made up of small transparent invertebrates and algae. Many different species can be found on The Great Barrier Reef species like the Bicolor Angel Fish half yellow half blue fish kind of cut in half by its own colors. There is also the Emperor Angelfish with long vertical blue and yellow stripes from head to tail. Last but not least is the Rabbitfish, why do they call it the rabbit fish, well mainly because of its rabbit like snout and large eyeballs, typically Rabbit fish live on shallow reef crests, lagoons and tidal flats where they typically graze on algae, sea grass, sponges and tunicates. Rabbit fish have venomous fin spines which can cause a very painful wound if you find yourself jabbed by one. In general when snorkeling or spending time out on the reef use the rule – “Don’t touch anything”. If you spend your time abiding by this rule then it is very unlikely you will run into any trouble with the local marine life on The Great Barrier Reef.

If you would like to find out more on how to get to The Great Barrier Reef contact Cairns Tours Advice & Booking Center, a small travel agency based in Cairns, Australia, helping people book and find reef trips to The Great Barrier Reef from both Cairns or Port Douglas.

Cairns – Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef

Cairns – Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef

Cairns is a beautiful little city located on the North East Coast of Australia. We have a population of about 140,000 people and the main business conducted here is related to Tourism. Once a sleepy little industrial port, Cairns soon became the center for reef tourism here in Australia. The close proximity of The Great Barrier Reef itself, located only 26km from Cairns, makes this little town the place to be to visit the largest reef system on the planet.

Since the 1980’s, Cairns has cemented itself as the principal center for reef tourism in Australia. With over 45 reef tour companies operating from both Cairns & Port Douglas, it is easy to see why Cairns is the best place to visit The Great Barrier Reef. The close proximity of the Outer Barrier Reef (only 55km from the coast here) is what sets Cairns apart from all other destinations on the East Coast of Australia claiming to have access to the reef.

Cairns IS The Main Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef! Why?

Cairns Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef

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Our small city itself also brims with life and energy. Cairns Esplanade and Shields Street are the main walking paths in and around the ‘downtown’ part of Cairns. You will find many fantastic little coffee shop/cafes and restaurants located here and in my opinion two of the top restaurants in Cairns are Barnacle Bills Seafood Restaurant and Dundees on the Waterfront (there are many more, but these two definitely stand out).

By evening, you will find the many bars full of local and international travelers, mingling and enjoying the sultry warm air and outdoor lifestyle. The Salthouse bar/restaurant is a hot spot for a nice glass of wine or beer, located out on the marina overlooking all the giant super yachts that Moor in Cairns.

More recently, Cairns hosted Australia’s largest annual travel show – The Australian Tourism Exchange 2014, which attracted the top wholesale travel buyers and sellers from Europe, The US and Asia. Cairns city is easy to walk around and within one full day you will have sorted  out your orientation of this beautiful little tropical city.

The local Cairns City Council have created a fantastic little video to show case our sister city relationships and I think it has really captured the essence of Cairns. I have included the link above.

What do you think? Is Cairns The Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef?

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