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Whales, dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, huge cod or sharks can be seen in abundance at the 300-kilometre-long Ningaloo Reef. The reef offers world class diving through to family snorkelling in sheltered lagoons crammed with coral gardens. Ningaloo is the largest fringing coral reef in Australia. It is the only large reef in the world found so close to a continental land mass; about 100 metres offshore at its nearest point and less than seven kilometres at its furthest. Ningaloo Marine Park was created in 1987 and extended in 2004 covers approximately 264,000 ha. The Muiron Islands Marine Management Area was created in 2004 and covers an area of 26,769 ha.
Clownfish bathing in anemone tentacles, attractive lionfish or predatory moray eels are just some of hundreds of species of colourful tropical fish that can be seen. The coral reef fish of Ningaloo are among the most colourful and beautifully patterned of all living creatures. Even the novice snorkeller can swim in the shallows and witness an amazing variety of fish life. They live in and around more than 180 species of coral, ranging from the cabbage corals, brain corals, lavender corals, delicate colourful branching corals, which form gardens in the shallow lagoons.
Ningaloo Marine Park is about 1200 kilometres north of Perth. The park stretches for some 300 kilometres, from Bundegi Reef in Exmouth Gulf around North-West Cape to Amherst Point, south to Red Bluff. The park extends about three nautical miles out to sea
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