Introduction to coral reef • Coral reef are amazing,natural wonders that live in warm waters of the tropics. Providing habitat fot thousands of marine creatures.
Coral isan animal! • Theyliveattachedtothe sea floor. • A single coral animal iscalled a coral polyp. • The coral polypslivetogether in colonies. • Coral polypslive insidehere
Tinylittleanimals! • Polypsinsidepolypsoutside
What do theyeat? • Thepolyps use theirtentaclesto catch tinyanimalsthatfloat in thewatercalledzooplankton. • Butcoralsmost of theirfoodfrom marine plantsthatactuallyliveinsidethe coral. • They are solar poweredjustliketrees.
They are home to 33% of allknownfishspecies. • And a nurseryaroundforover 25% of all marine species. • Theyhavethepotentialtobeused as medical cures. • Theyprotect 20% of theworld’scoastfrom wave erosion.
Whatplantsliveon coral reefs? • Algae-lots of differenttype
Whatanimalsliveonthereef? • Turtles!
Mostlarger coral reefs in theworld! • The Great Barrier Reef- Queensland, Australia; the largest coral reef system. Is in first place • In second place-honduras,islas de la bahia.