This Is The Great Barrier Reef Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Sir David Attenborough is the indisputable king of nature documentaries.

He’s best known for narrating “Planet Earth,” the BBC series, but over his 65-year career, the naturalist-turned-broadcaster has fundamentally changed the way humans see the natural world. He’s even had animals named after him.

Now, Attenborough, 89, wants to give viewers a deeper, more interactive look into an environment that is on the brink of extinction.

Attenborough’s “The Great Barrier Reef: An Interactive Journey” is an online expedition packed with virtual reality, interactive games, time lapses and short films that take you into one of the world’s most prized reefs, its habitants and its climate change-induced decay.

The multi-media website, which debuted in late December, has the same awe-inspiring visuals blended with fascinating and sobering facts typical of an Attenborough documentary — only this time, viewers can guide their own expedition through the world’s largest, most diverse stretch of coral reef. And they can do much more than just watch.

An interactive timeline, for example, lets viewers speed up time to see how acidification affects a sand dollar. Or you can see through the eyes of a mantis shrimp and its 16 light-detecting cells (humans have only three).

Another feature, as seen in the virtual reality video below, gives users a heartbreaking 360-degree look at how a particular coral reef bleached completely over the course of a single year.

Corals that experience mass bleaching like this can take decades to recover.

The website, which provides near-real time snapshots of global weather patterns, will be regularly updated by leading coral experts for the next five years, The Guardian reported.

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