Take a Virtual Tour of the Great Barrier Reef With David Attenborough As Your Guide (Video)
The famed narrator will take viewers on a fascinating and educational journey.
While travel may currently be limited to the scope of our laptops right now, that doesn’t mean we can’t explore some of the most magnificent places on earth. And this time, we have the legendary Sir David Attenborough to help walk us through it.
The British historian — who narrated the Netflix series “Our Planet” — is navigating explorers through the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef, in an "interactive journey" aptly named "David Attenborough's Barrier Reef."
Virtual adventurers will be privy to a plethora of information while seeing stunning views of the 1,500 species of fish and hundreds of species of coral from the comfort of your (dry) couch.
“This is one of the most spectacular, complex, but fragile ecosystems in the world,” Attenborough said in an introduction video for the project, adding he first dove the reef about 60 years ago “and ever since it has held a deep fascination for me.”
Explaining everything from how coral grows, to what the reef sounds like to the fish that call it home, as well as the effects of carbon dioxide emissions, Attenborough also hopes to raise "awareness of [the reef's] beauty.”
The program is also complete with a map so you'll see how many kilometers you’ve traveled along the way.
The reef makes up 2,300 kilometers (or just over 1,400 miles) of Australia’s coastline and is more than twice the size of any other coral reef in the world.
Virtual tours of cities and destinations are becoming increasingly popular as millions are stuck in their homes while COVID-19 continues to spread. Those hit with the travel bug can take online tours of everywhere from Chicago and Montreal to Chile’s mysterious Easter Island and the beachy paradise of Saint Lucia.
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