Undersea Edens: Desert to Reef
At the edge of Western Australia's desert lies a marine reserve known as Ningaloo Reef. Although only 2% the size of the Great Barrier Reef, the Ningaloo rivals its larger counterpart in diversity. Warm and cold sea currents from the Indian Ocean converge here, bringing new life from far away places, including schools of venomous striped eel catfish, shoals of sardines, giant manta rays and scores of whale sharks. There are few wilderness areas left on Earth that remain as untainted by human expansion as this exquisite coastal fringing reef.
It might be a surprise to see kangaroos in the shallow water along Australia's coast. This desert area boasts a variety of creatures, including emus and monitor lizards.