When we arrived in Australia, we were picked up at the airport by our friend Mr. Green. When we got to his house, we were excited to find out that they have a dog named Sebastian. Tyler and I can't wait to get a dog when we get home.
The next day we left Mr. & Mrs. Green's house to go to Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island is near the Great Barrier Reef. Half of the island is stores and restaurants and the other half has hotels, pools and a beach. The first thing we did was go to the pool because it's really hot here in Australia because it is their summer, even though it is December.
In the morning we went to a breakfast and ate with koalas. Koalas aren't really bears, they're just koalas. They're really cute but they're usually not doing much ... they sleep for 20 hours a day!
Another thing we did this day was a catamaran ride around the island. On the catamaran we got to ride on "the trapeze," which meant we were hanging off the side of the boat by a wire. It's really hard to explain, so look at this picture...
The next day we woke up early to go on a boat to the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the most amazing coral reef in the world because there are so many amazing fish, different corals and even giant clams. The Great Barrier Reef is the oldest living thing in the world. The coral might look like rocks, but it's really a living thing.
We went on the FantaSea boat to a pontoon that was permanently anchored next to the Great Barrier Reef called Reef World and from there we went snorkeling on the reef. I was so excited to be at the Great Barrier Reef because I love snorkeling and I love seeing all the fish. At the end of the day, all the other people from the boat left except us. We didn't leave because we were doing a "Reef Sleep," so we got to spend the night on the pontoon with our guide Craig.
At nighttime there was an underwater observatory and they put a light on the water so we could see all the fish. All these big fish came and they were eating the much smaller bait fish. And then there was a giant Queensland Grouper that was 9 feet long, named George, which would eat the big fish. Did you know that in one night you could see the food chain in action?
My favorite fish at the Great Barrier Reef was called a goby. Gobi's can grow up to 5 inches long. Gobi's have a symbiotic relationship with burrowing shrimp, which means that they live and work together. The goby guards the shrimp's hole while it digs and when danger gets to close, the goby hides in the hole with the shrimp.
There were so many cool things to see at the Great Barrier Reef, but I don't enough time to write all about it! Take a look!