Several metres down near the sandy ocean floor, I see a turtle swimming around. It’s not as big as the other two we saw before. It looks like it’s flying … I cast my gaze down into the depths of the water again. There’s the turtle. And for a moment, it feels like it’s only the two of us here.
Alice has joined her mother on a trip to the little Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef. This is a proper adventure and a long-held dream has become a reality. At first, Alice only sees a paradise before her eyes. Her mum is a marine biologist and while she is busy working, Alice takes the chance to enjoy life on the island – she goes off exploring, learns to snorkel and finds all sorts of birds, turtles and manta rays going about their daily business.
But the Earth is not well. It’s overheating and this is having a terrible impact on the Great Barrier Reef and the animals that live there. Alice’s mum is busy working on solutions, but the situation is very serious. The more Alice finds out, the more questions she has, and she realises that there are no simple answers. For example, is it right to fly to the other side of the world to conduct research on turtles?
Save the Reef is a timely book about a hugely relevant and complex issue.