Admittedly there’s a lot more than 10 famous residents but let’s keep it simple to start with. The good folks at Tourism Queensland limit themselves to just eight – known as the Great Eight (as opposed to Africa’s Big Five).

Legendary naturalist and the Great Barrier Reef’s number one fan,  David Attenborough, gave the Great Barrier Reef the big tick of approval when he called it the  ‘most exciting natural history experience’ of his life. You know that if David says so, well, it must be pretty EPIC. Who are we to argue?

Unless you’ve been calling planet Pluto home for the last millennium, you probably already know that the Great Barrier Reef is extraordinary. Concealed beneath the surface and not readily visible to the naked eye, the underwater world seems just a little bit mysterious. It is as fascinating as it is mystical. As wonderful as it is whimsical. So, who actually calls the Great Barrier Reef home? We’re glad you asked!

Like any self-respecting community, all the usual suspects are represented: the oddballs, the show ponies, the quiet achievers and the unsavoury, they’re all here. Not all of them are obliging when the cameras come out however (yes Nemo and Dory, we know you’re both Insta-famous favourites but could you please give someone else a go!).

Great Barrier Reef inhabitants

For the record, we’ve collated some numbers to whet (see what we did there?) your appetite:
3,000 species of molluscs
1500 species of fish
400 coral species
215 seabirds
30 whales & dolphins
6 turtle species
One of the world’s most important dugong populations

Enjoy the photos below of some of the residents whose postal address is c/o the Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

Persian Carpet Flatworm

How about this critter for starters? This magical creature is a Persian Carpet flatworm captured by Wavelength Cruises.

Potato Cod

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Potato Cod. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Giant Clam

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Giant Clam. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Nautilus

Nautilus. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Nautilus. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Maori Wrasse

Nautilus. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Maori Wrasse. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Humpback Whale

Listen to humpback whale song recorded on the Great Barrier Reef

Humpback whale on Great Barrier Reef. Photo Robert Prettejohn

Humpback whale. Image Robert Prettejohn

Lionfish

Lionfish and divers. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Lionfish and divers. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Manta Ray

Manta Ray Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Australia

Manta Ray. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Turtles

Turtle. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Turtle. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Nemo! You thought we forgt didn’t you! How could we…

Nemo family and anemone. Image Tourism Events Queensland

Nemo family and anemone. Image Tourism Events Queensland