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Five animals you must see during a tour of Australia

If there's one thing you can expect during an Australia tour, it's the chance to encounter some of the most bizarre wildlife on earth. The Land Down Under is home to a wide variety of unique creatures, whether you're on land or in the water. This is especially true along the Great Barrier Reef, where the colorful wildlife fits perfectly with the brightly colored landscape. There is certainly no lack of diversity when it comes to what lives beneath water, but there are a few animals you should keep an eye out for.

Potato Cod
An endangered species, the Potato Cod is one of the biggest fish of its kind. Experts say they can grow to be more than six feet long and often weigh around 250 pounds. While their size may be imposing, they are among the friendliest residents of the Great Barrier Reef. However, you should take note of the fact that is illegal to feed them by hand.

Giant clam
Although you've surely seen clams before, none can compare to this. Some of these bizarre bivalves can grow to be three feet long, and experts estimate they can live as long as 100 years. They're particularly easy to spot and have become a staple of scuba diving and snorkeling adventures in the region.

With bright colors and a habitat in shallow water, the Parrotfish is easy to spot, but you'll have to look closely to appreciate this unusual animal. It does not get its name from its eye-catching hues, but rather from its mouth, which closely resembles the beak of a parrot.

White humpback whale
Not all of the Great Barrier Reef's famous residents have to be seen while underwater, you can also catch a glimpse of some from the deck of a glass-bottomed boat, and that includes the rare white humpback whale. There are few spread throughout the world, but one in particular - known as Migaloo - calls the Australian coast home. He is sighted fairly regularly throughout the area, and if you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of this unusual whale.

Arguably the largest breeding ground for dugongs, you'll likely see one or two of these unique creatures at the Great Barrier Reef. Closely related to manatees, dugongs are among the most endangered species in the area.

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