SYNOPSIS: Visitors to Australia's Great Barrier Reef are so awed by the natural beauty of these coral islands that they need little encouragement to help preserve its environment.
COPTER AERIALS, REEF, HERON ISLAND (MUSIC BG)
BIRDS ON ISLAND (BIRD SOUNDS BG)
NATURE WALK & NATURAL SOUND
GIRL INSTRUCTRESS & CHILDREN ON BEACH
CORAL (MUSIC BG)
DIVING BOAT, SUNKEN SHIP, DIVERS FROM BOAT
"Well I think it basically amounts to education. This Great Barrier Ref should be here for all to see but we must learn that we must readily protect this, conserve it for the future generations. I think you could liken this to your garden at home One does not trample all over, that you care for it and tend it and that's exactly what we should do with the coral reef. Look after it, care for it and tend it."
"And these are the Bassonia trees. The look fairly sturdy with lush vegetation on them, but the leaves are very spongy and very pale."
"That's the chigworm. It's getting out. If you ever lift up any rocks naturally you put them back very gently where you found them, won't You? It keeps all the animals alive underneath. If they're exposed to the sunlight they will die, so that's why we always put them back again."
"Of course as scuba divers will tell you this is one of the greatest areas in the world and they will spend all their time underwater or as much time as possible underwater."
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Background: SYNOPSIS: Visitors to Australia's Great Barrier Reef are so awed by the natural beauty of these coral islands that they need little encouragement to help preserve its environment.
It takes half an hour to fly the forty-five miles over the Pacific to the isolated tropical paradise island called Heron Island...on the southern end of the twelve hundred mile Barrier Reef. The different blues are caused by the varying depths of the ocean. As you approach, you can see the changing colours of the Pacific...the white necklace around the island where the reef and the ocean meet..and inside the magic circle...a canopy of tropical greenery. Here, you can observe and study all the living creatures and plants that make Australia's Great Barrier Reef one of nature's most fascinating laboratories. Protection of this natural laboratory is of prime importance as pointed out by Reg McMahon, Director of the research station.
As part of the educational program, visitors are taken on a nature walk through the luscious undergrowth. A naturalist acts as guide for the tour.
No matter where you walk you see the beautiful colours of the living coral...in all shapes...sizes...and design. The coral provides the living building materials that make such islands as Heron possible...small islands far out in the Pacific Ocean where one can get away from it all...and breathe the freshest air in the world...and also enjoy some of the best diving in the world -- according to Reg McMahon.
Or if you are the more sedentary type -- you can listen to the rustling pandanus...observe the changing colours of the sky...the water...??? wish you never have to leave Heron Island, Australia.