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South Australia is lucky to have some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and an even greater variety of marine life than the Great Barrier Reef.

Our marine areas boast iconic species such as the southern right whale, bottlenose dolphin, leafy sea dragon, great white shark, Australian pelican, little penguin, Australian sea lion and giant cuttlefish.

Many of the marine plants and animals living in southern Australian waters can't be found anywhere else on earth.

South Australia’s marine environment is under pressure from population growth, development and pollution. To help protect both our native species and the beautiful marine environment they call home, a system of marine parks has been created as an investment in our state’s future.