New ‘Word on the Reef’ podcast dives into Great Barrier Reef

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Podcast presenter, Tanya Murphy, scuba diving at Saxon Reef near Cairns
Podcast presenter, Tanya Murphy, diving at Saxon Reef near Cairns (Photo: Shannon Myers)

Podcast series telling stories from divers and conservationists aims to inspire action to protect one of the greatest wonders of the natural world

A new 12-part podcast series, ‘Word on the Reef’, aimed at inspiring others to help protect the Great Barrier Reef, has recently been launched across most major podcasting platforms.

Presented by experienced marine naturalist, scuba diving instructor and conservationist, Tanya Murphy, each episode features another facet of life on the Great Barrier Reef, from deep dives into First Nations conservation knowledge, hair-raising encounters with marine life like sharks, whales and sea turtles.

The series also presents first-hand reports of the recent mass coral bleaching event from scientists who live and work on the Reef’s most remote islands.

Tanya has 12 years experience as a marine naturalist, dive instructor and conservationist (Photos: Tanya Murphy/Word on the Reef)

‘Despite recently suffering through its fifth mass coral bleaching event in eight years, the Reef still has areas which are in healthy condition and there is still hope for us to save it, but we need to act quickly,’ said Ms Murphy, who has a backgound in journalism and has spent 12 years working around the reef.

‘There’s a lot of confusion out there about the Reef, with some people believing it’s already dead and others saying it’s completely fine,’ she adds; ‘the real story is much more complicated and the best way to understand it is to listen to the stories of those who are diving on it every day.

‘Through this podcast series I take people on a journey to see the Reef through the eyes of those who know it best, exploring the enduring wonders it still holds – while also sharing some of the threats it’s facing, and the things we can all do to help protect it.’

Murphy describes the not-for-profit podcast series as a ‘passion project aimed at raising awareness about the Reef’, and says there is plenty more to explore throughout the series.

‘Word on the Reef’ podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and all other major podcast platforms. For more information or to consider supporting the podcast, e-mail

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