Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines

The Tubbataha Reefs National Park site in the Philippines was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1993. The site is an example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100 m (330 ft) perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons, and two coral islands – all of which supports a diverse marine community. The waters surrounding the atolls provide refuge to several hundred species of fish (including 11 types of shark), 46 kinds of coral, and 11 cetaceans (whales and dolphins). The park's land area provides nesting grounds for seven species of seabird, as well as the endangered hawksbill and green turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata and Chelonia mydas).

Today, over 40 World Heritage sites are listed for their marine values. Together, they can be considered the "Crown Jewels of our Ocean" and are recognized for their outstanding beauty, exceptional biodiversity, or unique ecological, biological, or geological processes. Learn more about this and other marine World Heritage sites.


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