Daydream Islands amazing Living Reef lagoons are home to a variety of wonderful marine creatures many of which are recognisable from the classic Disney Movies Finding Nemo, and now, Finding Dory. Daydreams on-island Living Reef attraction is home to more than 140 species of marine fish, 82 species of coral…

THE LIVING REEF UNVEILS A CAST OF CHARACTERS

Daydream Island’s amazing Living Reef lagoons are home to a variety of wonderful marine creatures many of which are recognisable from the classic Disney Movies Finding Nemo, and now, Finding Dory.

Daydream’s on-island Living Reef attraction is home to more than 140 species of marine fish, 82 species of coral and 15 species of invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs.

Apart from the two main stars, Nemo the clownfish and Dory the blue tang, numerous other characters of the screen are also to be found amongst the corals of the lagoons.

‘Bruce’ the sicklefin lemon shark. Bruce is a favourite of visitors to Daydream. These sharks are found along the Great Barrier Reef and have fins that are more rounded than other lemon sharks. They have small eyes, stocky body and lots of sharp teeth.

The lagoons are also home to female black tip reef sharks Cookie and Nibble, which were born in the north lagoon a few years ago and were some of the first known black tip reef sharks to be born in an open air aquarium.

There are also dozens of smaller bamboo and epaulette sharkswho feed off the bottom of the lagoon but are harder to see due to their amazing camouflage.

Stingrays ‘Pikelet’ and ‘Puppy’. Stingrays are abundant in the Whitsundays and are fun to watch gliding over the floor of the reef. They like to eat prawns, small fish and worms. Pikelet and Puppy have been favourite attractions for a while now and are joined by Bill and Barb.

‘Brutus’ – giant barramundi. An honourable mention despite being overlooked by Disney, Brutus is one of a number of giant barramundi found at Daydream Island and across northern Australia. Barramundi in Aboriginal language means ‘large-scaled river fish’. They strike spectacularly at their prey and are popular to hand feed, but be careful of your fingers!

Comprising a north and south lagoon and holding more than 1.5 million litres of water, the Living Reef lets visitors learn about and get up close to the fascinating inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef.

There’s no other island quite like Daydream, on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. With a fringing reef a mere flipper’s kick from the beach and a Living Reef on the island itself, it’s an incredible place to not only live and learn about one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, but to experience it first hand.

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