Wildlife of the Coral Triangle

Slow giants, agile dancers and a myriad of other life forms

Awed by bottlenose dolphins? Amazed by the intercontinental migrations of leatherback turtles? Then how about the acrobatic of the long-snouted spinner dolphin? Or the humpback whale’s long, complex songs, that have left scientists perplexed?

The Coral Triangle is the world’s centre of marine life, a living laboratory where natural evolution plays out in the most unexpected and fascinating ways.
No other part of the oceans matches this diversity and on land, only the Amazon comes close to the “Triangle” in terms of species richness.

The Coral Triangle is home to:
  • 75% of all coral species known to science
  • 3,000 species of reef fish and commercially valuable pelagic (open ocean) species including yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, bigeye tuna, bumphead parrotfish, needlefish, Napoleon wrasse
  • 6 of the 7 species of marine turtles including green, hawksbill, olive ridley, leatherback, loggerhead and flatback
  • Migrating populations of whale sharks measuring up to about 20 metres, and massive manta rays
  • At least 27 species of marine mammals including dolphin, porpoise, whale and the endangered dugong

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