Great Barrier Reef pronounced dead by scientists. For most of its life, the reef was the world’s largest living structure, and therefore the only 1 visible from area. It was 1,400 miles long, with 2,900 individual reefs and one,050 islands. In total space, it absolutely was larger than the uk, and it contained a lot of multifariousness than all of Europe combined. It harbored one,625 species of fish, 3,000 species of shellfish, 450 species of coral, 220 species of birds, and thirty species of whales and dolphins. Among its several alternative achievements, the reef was home to at least one of the world’s largest populations of sirenian and therefore the largest tract of inexperienced turtles-by a dramatic eulogy delivered on Tuesday in Outside Magazine, in which author Rowan Jacobsen declared that the reef "passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old." The essay fueled a panicked response on both blogs and social media, and the reef was trending globally on Twitter shortly thereafter.