Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest living structure
and one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on Earth. To
some, this place is full of mystery and hardship, an alien world full of
bizarre, beautiful and deadly creatures. To others, however, it's home.
Over the course of a year, Life on the Reef follows those who live in
one of the most extraordinary places on the planet.
Along the 1500 miles of coastline, rangers and marine park officers work
together with traditional owners, search and rescue crews, scientists
and tourism operators to safeguard the reef and protect the millions of
residents, tourists, divers and fishermen that visit each year. It's a
monumental task — the reef covers an area bigger than the United
Kingdom, Switzerland and Holland combined. Violent cyclonic weather,
catastrophic crown of thorns starfish infestations, illegal commercial
fishing and protecting endangered sea turtles are just some of the
challenges they face.
Set against a backdrop of extraordinary marine habitats, ranging from
coral reefs to tropical islands, shallow estuaries to deep oceanic
waters — the series takes the audience above and beneath the waters as
nature adapts to the changing seasons throughout the year. This is the
blue frontier ... where man meets wild and nature calls the shots.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Life on the Reef - Artificial reef - Netflix
An artificial reef is a man-made underwater structure, typically built
to promote marine life in areas with a generally featureless bottom, to
control erosion, block ship passage, or improve surfing. Many reefs are
built using objects that were built for other purposes, for example by
sinking oil rigs (through the Rigs-to-Reefs program), scuttling ships,
or by deploying rubble or construction debris. Other artificial reefs
are purpose built (e.g. the reef balls) from PVC or concrete. Shipwrecks
may become artificial reefs when preserved on the sea floor. Regardless
of construction method, artificial reefs generally provide hard surfaces
where algae and invertebrates such as barnacles, corals, and oysters
attach; the accumulation of attached marine life in turn provides
intricate structure and food for assemblages of fish.
Life on the Reef - Ex-USS Spiegel Grove - Netflix
The ex-USS Spiegel Grove is located on Dixie Shoal, 6 miles (9.7 km) off
the Florida Keys in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Her
exact location is 25°04′00.23″N 80°18′00.7″W.
Life on the Reef - References - Netflix