Bleaching puts sites from Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef on the brink

We actually went out to the same locations where we filmed a lot of David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef series and found significant bleaching over many, many species,” said cameraman and marine biologist, Richard Fitzpatrick. “It was pretty shocking.”

Around 1.9 million people visit the Great Barrier Reef every year, contributing A$5.6 billion (£2.7billion) to the local economy and supporting 69,000 jobs. But this week scientists issued a stark warning about Australia’s biggest tourism asset, claiming 93 per cent of the 1,500-mile reef – the only living structure that can be seen from space – has been bleached by a recent underwater heatwave.

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