I spent my morning coffee time treasure hunting at archive.org, one of my favorite public domain libraries. That’s where I found these vintage illustrations of the Great Barrier Reef from the 19th-century.
Published in 1893 by William Saville-Kent, “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia: Its Products and Potentialities” may seem like a vintage science book at first glance, but it was more of a resource for the fishing industry.
The illustrations above capture such marine life as starfish, urchins, corals, and sea lilies. Discover even more public domain illustrations below!
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world.GreatBarrierReef.org
Anemones & Sea Cucumbers
The Great Barrier Reef is so large it can be seen from outer space!GreatBarrierReef.org
Molluscs & Planaria
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