After the CAPA program ended, I met my mom and sister at the Sydney Airport and we made our way to Cairns. After we landed, we drove a few hours to Port Douglas. Our hotel was in the middle of the forest and right aside from the beach. On the day after we arrived, we went snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. The leaders of our tour briefed us on coral bleaching and what causes it, what types of marine life we would see (fish, clams, coral, sharks, sting rays, etc.), and what we could do to help save the reef and the marine life living in it.
When we got into the water, I was so shocked to see such vivid colored fish and coral. I didn’t even know that such bright pinks, blues, greens, yellows, oranges, and purples existed in nature.
The boat took us out to 3 different reefs so we got to see the different species and parts of the reef. When the tour came to a close, I felt so much more educated about the symbiotic relationships between the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests surrounding it.
Sadly, the generations to come may not get to see this amazing part of the world unless something is done to stop coral bleaching and ultimately climate change.