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Be­fore you set sail for the reef on a day or multi-day ex­plo­ration, brush up on your ma­rine bi­ol­ogy so that when you’re out there you can re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate what it is you’re look­ing at. At Reef Teach (reefteach.com.au) in Cairns, from $23 for adults and $14 for kids, at­tend a pre­sen­ta­tion on the Great Bar­rier Reef in a ded­i­cated au­di­to­rium where you’ll learn how the var­i­ous fish and corals play a cru­cial role in the ecol­ogy. You’ll also be able to han­dle dif­fer­ent corals and ma­rine spec­i­mens, in­clud­ing some dan­ge­orus ones you wouldn’t dare touch if they were alive.

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