|Heron Island lies fifty miles east of the city of Gladstone in Queensland. Part of the island is the Heron Island Resort; the other houses a scientific research institute.|
|Giant clam embedded in brain coral|
The ideal temperature for coral growth is 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. As the oceans grow warmer with climate change, many corals are dying and reefs are being destroyed.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most wondrous places on earth. Our visit to Heron Island was a chance to spend a few days immersed in its beauty and richness.