Murat Marine Park protects an impressively rich diversity of seafloor-dwelling animals and small open water fishes. Many seafloor animals in this region aren’t found anywhere else on Earth. The park protects representative habitats for key communities of small pelagic fish, which play an particularly important role in this regional ecosystem through linking planktonic communities and larger pelagic predators such as the myriad of bluefin tuna, kingfish, pygmy blue whales, dolphins and sea lions that can be seen within the marine park boundaries.

Murat Marine Park is located 86 kilometres off the coast south-west of Ceduna, south of the South Australian Nuyts Archipelago Marine Park. The park is part of the vast expanse of flat, shallow continental shelf stretching across the Great Australian Bight. It includes Yatala Reef, a detached reef with depths of less than two metres in places. The park covers 938 square kilometres and is a National Park zone.Parks Australia

Murat ranges from less than 2 to 70 metres depth, with an average depth of 62 metres. The majority of the park (>99%) falls within the mesophotic zone (30-70 metres). [View on map]

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