set

Biodiversity

The park contains roughly 10,000 hectares of coral reef, lying at the heart of the Coral Triangle – the global centre of marine biodiversity.

Scientists have been visiting these reefs since the 1980s, and their research has shown that Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is home to no less than:

  • 600 species of fish
  • 360 species of corals (about half of all coral species in the world)
  • 11 species of sharks and rays
  • 13 species of dolphins & whales
  • 100 species of birds
  • And also nesting Hawksbill & Green sea turtles.

 

“All of the signs are that Tubbataha Reef is nearing what we believe to be the true natural state,” says John McManus, a marine biologist at the Rosenstiel School at the University of Miami. “This is an amazing thing that’s happened.”

National Geographic, November 2017