The UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced Friday that it will not list the Great Barrier Reef as endangered following two days of deliberations that left Australians holding their breath in fear a new classification could hurt the image of the natural wonder.

An 'in danger' listing means a site is under threat and action must be taken to address concerns or it could lose its World Heritage status.

The committee, which is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), met today to discuss the matter, as more than 60 percent of the corals have been impacted by bleaching that is linked to climate change.