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Australia - Great Barrier Reef at risk

It’s considered to be one of the seven wonders of the natural world: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. But, triggered by climate change, cyclones and coral extinctions are threatening this special ecosystem. Is there still a chance for it to be saved?

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The coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef are places of outstanding natural beauty - but also nurseries where young fish are born and find sanctuary until they are mature enough to venture out into the vast expanses of the ocean. This makes corals of crucial importance for oceanic life. The documentary follows a film crew on a journey along the Great Barrier Reef. On the way they meet Keith und Helen from Melbourne; every year the pensioners set off in their camper van to spend the winter in Australia's tropical north. Together they discover the abundance of aquatic life in the Great Barrier Reef. In Townsville and Airlie Beach the film team run into environmental activists trying to save the reef. And at the end of their trip they visit the Lizard Island research station. The island was once an underwater paradise, but cyclones and coral bleaching have now left the sea floor almost devoid of life. The researchers are skeptical: "Unless something is done, the Great Barrier Reef has no chance. But it is still not too late."