Blast from the Past: The Discovery of Great Barrier Reef by James Cook

World's longest and largest coral reef system was found today!

The world underwater never ceases to surprise us. One such wonder is the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast in Australia which stretches over 1400 miles. It's like a wonderland of marine life, festooned with sea vegetation and kelp, hiding the view to an entrancing coral architecture beneath. This ecosystem which is also home to over 600 species of marine life, was first discovered on this very day by Captain James Cook in the year 1770. An English explorer and Naval officer, James left England in search of a 'Southern Continent' but rather found a modern day World Heritage Site that's beyond any natural wonder.

So, hop on, as we're taking you back in time, with the story behind the discovery of the Great Barrier Reef.