Dive into the Barrier Reef Discovery Guide

31 July 2013

Front cover of the Great Barrier Reef Discovery Guide Gorgonian corals Candy Shrimp Mantis ShrimpQueenslanders can dive into the majestic beauty and rich history of the Great Barrier Reef with our newest Discovery Guide.

Developed with generous support from BHP Billiton Cannington, The Great Barrier Reef: A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide features never-before-seen imagery that takes readers on an amazing journey through one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Professor Suzanne Miller said this ground-breaking publication is the first of its kind to chronicle both the natural and cultural history of the area. 

“Everyone knows the Great Barrier Reef as one of Queensland’s premier tourist destinations, but it is also one of the most bio-diverse regions on Earth, and this guide will help tell the Reef’s exciting story as a treasure trove of new findings.”

The Great Barrier Reef: A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide shares ground-breaking research conducted by Queensland Museum Network scientists alongside short, easy-to-read entries about the Reef’s amazing life-forms, diverse habitats and remarkable history.

Stories like:

  • the magnificent whip like Gorgonian corals, so named for the gorgons of Greek mythology whose hair was a mass of writhing snakes;
  • the free-living Candy Shrimp Rhynchocinetes durbanensis; and
  • the all-seeing armoured Mantis Shrimp, blessed with independent binocular vision.

BHP Billiton Cannington Asset President Laura Tyler said the company was proud to partner with the Queensland Museum Network on such a worthwhile initiative.

“BHP Billiton Cannington and the Queensland Museum have worked together over a number of years to promote our state’s cultural and natural heritage,” Mrs Tyler said.

“This Guide will help provide people right across the globe, regardless of their location, with a greater understanding of the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and we are delighted to assist our scientists and researchers to tell this story.”

A true labour of love the Discovery Guide is the result of research conducted by Queensland Museum scientists during the CReefs project – the first systematic sample of the Reef’s biodiversity– and collaboration with research institutions, expert taxonomists, photographers and Traditional Owners of the land. 

The Great Barrier Reef: A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide, RRP $59.95 is available online at www.shop.qm.qld.gov.au