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Coral reef. 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. Corals are animals or plants ?. Coral is an animal!. They live attached to the sea floor .
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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.