Coral Sea

Map of the Coral Sea

The Coral Sea is a small sea off the north east coast of Australia. It has Queensland on its west side and the islands of Vanuatu and New Caledonia on its east. On the north edge is the Solomon Islands, and in the south it joins the Tasman Sea. The Great Barrier Reef is in the Coral Sea. It has a warm climate, it often rains and there are often tropical cyclones. It covers an area of about four times the size of Great Britain.[1] The WWF describe the Coral Sea as being one of the last complete tropical wilderness areas on earth. It has beautiful coral reefs with many different sea creatures including grey and white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, manta rays, tuna, barracuda, turtles, whales and the rare nautilus.[1]

Australia claims many of the islands as part of its 780,000 square kilometre Coral Sea Islands Territory.[2] Most of them are small coral or sand islands, and only one has people living on it. It has a population of only four.[2]

World War II

Sailors abandon the USS Lexington during the Battle of the Coral Sea

In World War II the Battle of the Coral Sea was the first aircraft carrier battle fought between the United States and Australia against Japan.[3] The battle lasted from 4 May to 8 May 1942. During that time none of the ships saw each other or fired their guns at each other.[3] All the fighting was done by aircraft from the carriers.[3] It is the largest naval battle fought near Australia. It was important because it was the first major defeat for Japan, and it stopped the Japanese from invading Port Moresby, the capital city of New Guinea. Many people regarded it as the battle that saved Australia.[3]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Koraalsee
Alemannisch: Korallenmeer
العربية: بحر المرجان
asturianu: Mar del Coral
azərbaycanca: Mərcan dənizi
تۆرکجه: مرجان دنیزی
Bân-lâm-gú: San-ô͘ Hái
башҡортса: Мәрйен диңгеҙе
беларуская: Каралавае мора
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Каралавае мора
български: Коралово море
bosanski: Koralno more
brezhoneg: Mor Kouralek
čeština: Korálové moře
Cymraeg: Môr Cwrel
dansk: Koralhavet
Deutsch: Korallenmeer
English: Coral Sea
español: Mar del Coral
Esperanto: Korala Maro
euskara: Koral itsasoa
français: Mer de Corail
Frysk: Koraalsee
galego: Mar do Coral
한국어: 산호해
հայերեն: Կորալյան ծով
हिन्दी: कोरल सागर
hrvatski: Koraljno more
Ilokano: Baybay Coral
Bahasa Indonesia: Laut Karang
íslenska: Kóralhaf
italiano: Mar dei Coralli
ქართული: მარჯნის ზღვა
Кыргызча: Коралл деңизи
latviešu: Koraļļu jūra
lietuvių: Koralų jūra
македонски: Корално Море
მარგალური: მარჯანიშ ზუღა
မြန်မာဘာသာ: သန္တာပင်လယ်
Nederlands: Koraalzee
日本語: 珊瑚海
norsk nynorsk: Korallhavet
олык марий: Коралл теҥыз
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Marjon dengizi
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਕੋਰਲ ਸਾਗਰ
پنجابی: کورال سمندر
português: Mar de Coral
română: Marea Coralilor
саха тыла: Коралл байҕала
Scots: Coral Sea
slovenčina: Koralové more
српски / srpski: Корално море
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Koraljno more
svenska: Korallhavet
Türkçe: Mercan Denizi
Türkmençe: Merjen deňzi
українська: Коралове море
Tiếng Việt: Biển San Hô
Winaray: Dagat Coral
ייִדיש: קאראל-ים
粵語: 珊瑚海
中文: 珊瑚海