Marine life

Lord Howe Island Marine Park is home to over 500 fish and more than 80 coral species, and countless other marine creatures, many of which are only found in the immediate area.

  • Converging ocean currents bring a variety of tropical and temperate marine species to the park.
  • Fourteen seabird species (numbering into the thousands of individual birds) breed on the island, some of which are rare elsewhere in Australia.
  • One of the world's rarest birds, the providence petrel, is easily spotted from a boat offshore or during a guided walk up Mount Gower, the island's tallest mountain.
  • The park protects a valuable mix of sea creatures, including coral, tropical fish, starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, marine snails, nudibranchs, and crabs.

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