For the first time ever, audiences from around the world will get a rare, live view of the wonders and marine life of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from a team of divers lead by leading marine biologist and documentary maker Richard Fitzpatrick - and a rotating panel of reef experts from around the world.
Reef Live is a joint venture involving Tourism and Events Queensland and Catlin Seaview Survey, and will take place on Friday, June 7 from 10 am (AEST/ 8 pm EST on Thursday, June 6) and conclude at 10 pm (AEST local time/8 am EST on Friday, June 7). The timing coincides with the celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8, which highlights the imperative to protect the world’s oceans and underwater life.
This event will stream live as a Google Hangout through www.youtube.com/queensland and will allow world-wide audiences to post questions via Twitter hashtag #REEFLIVE to divers at the underwater ‘Sea Studio’ and to an expert panel who will link in from around the world.
As one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef is composed of nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching out more than 1,600 miles. It is the world’s biggest structure made from living organisms and can be seen from outer space.