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r/worldnews – ‘Devastating’: 91% of reefs surveyed on Great Barrier Reef affected by coral bleaching in 2022

Nearly a decade ago, I spent a year in Australia as a student and was poor as hell. However, because of climate change and crappy policies, I thought that this was probably the best chance to see the Great Barrier Reef in all its beauty. So I spent my last $1000 on a driving course, which included a 3-day, 10-dive stay on a boat in the middle of the reef.

It was probably the most amazing experience of my life. During my PADI certification dive, I was surrounded by reef sharks. I saw absolutely mind-blowing corals, uncountable numbers of fish and the most colorful nudibranches. I did a night dive amongst hunting sharks and saw the biggest sea turtle I have ever seen (peacefully asleep).

Back then, these $1000 seemed like a completely unreasonable amount of money, but nowadays I’m so happy that I spent such this meaningless sum to see something that I will likely never be able to see again – even if I pay 20 times as much.

I’m not trying to brag here. What I’m trying to say is: if you are young and you get the opportunity to do something amazing, seize the moment. Don’t think about a few hundred bucks. You won’t miss this money in 2, 5 or 10 years, but you will still live off those memories.