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What is Apo reef known for?
Apo Reef is the largest coral reef in the Philippines! It spreads over an area of 34 square kilometres, making it the second largest connecting coral reef in the world (the first place being occupied by the Great Barrier Reef of Australia).
What lives in the Apo reef?
Apart from shoals of fish, there are holothurians, sea urchins, crinoids, sponges, sea squirts, brittle stars, worms, snails, nudibranches, octopus, clams, squid, giant clams, coconut crab and rare shells. All the inhabitants together enhance the stunning beauty of the Apo Reef Natural Park.
What is the climate of the Apo reef?
The tropical climate in the Philippines consists of three typical segments: the rainy season from June to November, the cool season (25°C) with occasional rains from December to February, and the hot dry summer (38°C) from March to May. Throughout the year, the ocean water temperature ranges from 25° to 29° Celsius.
What is being done to protect Apo reef?
Reef fish and other marine species can breathe easier with the introduction of a fishing ban around Apo Reef, the largest coral reef in the Philippines and the second largest contiguous reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef. …
Is the Apo Reef in danger?
The effects of years overfishing, lethal chemical pollution, destructive coral mining, sedimentation and climatic change had been detrimental, resulting in acidification, coral bleaching and ocean warming. Now steps have been taken to protect the Apo Reef.
What is the average temperature in the Apo Reef?
The average water temperature in Apo Reef in winter reaches 28°C, in spring 29°C, in summer the average temperature rises to 30°C, and in autumn it is 29°C.
What are the threats to the Apo Reef?
Where are the healthiest coral reefs in the world?
Best Coral Reefs in the World – Top 5
- Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Raja Ampat is located at the intersection of the Indian and Pacific Ocean, right in the heart of the prestigious Coral Triangle.
- Solomon Islands.
- Papua New Guinea.
- Red sea.
When was Apo Reef declared a protected area?
Apo Reef was proclaimed as Protected Area under the category of Natural Park and it Surrounding waters as buffer zone by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 868, dated September 6, 1996.
Where is the Apo Reef Light in Sablayan?
The Apo Reef Light, situated on the northeast part of the island, warns ship about the location of this navigational hazard. The island is situated at a two and a half hour navigation 240° from Sablayan by pump boat (banka). The island houses a permanent ranger base which monitors the national park.
How big is the Apo Island coral reef?
The largest is Apo Island at 22 hectares (54 acres) with mangroves and beach vegetation. The reef surrounding the island extends to 0.80 kilometres ( 1⁄2 mi) in places. Outside the lagoonal mangroves in the eastern and southern sides of Apo Island, the soil is sandy-to-sandy loam that is less in silt and clay particles.
What kind of animals live in the Apo Reef?
Scuba diving and snorkeling in Apo Reef area are exceptional due to the quality of the flora, the fauna and the clarity of the water and white sand. Many species can be observed in deep or shallow waters in particular, sharks, giant napoleons, and manta rays. Satellite image of Apo Reef.