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Over 85% of the marine plants and animals that live in the waters of southern Australia are found nowhere else on Earth.

Within this unique marine region are the coastal waters of Victoria where seaweed forests, sponge 'gardens', seagrass meadows and sandy plains are home to more than 12,000 different types of plants and animals. This fantastic diversity is protected in 13 Marine National Parks (MNP) and 11 smaller Marine Sanctuaries (MS) where all marine life is fully protected. They cover 5% of Victoria's coastal waters.

To discover what lies beneath the waves, simply scroll across the map above, zoom in, click on a site or region and dive into the best collection of Victorian underwater photographs, videos, group contacts and resource-links available online.  To find out more about how to help better protect Victoria's marine environment click here.