ocean coral reef

by james and aaron

coral reefs

FAST FACTS


  • Coral reefs cover less than 0.2% of our oceans but they contain 25% of the world's marine fish species!
  • Coral reefs are second only to rain forests in biodiversity of species.
  • In the Greater Caribbean region alone some 500-600 species of fish are recognized
  • Coral reefs are the largest living structures on our planet
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world, and is located towards northeast of Queensland, Australia. It is composed of about 3,000 small reefs, and it covers an area of approximately 350,000 sq. km. It was formed around 500,000 years ago.
  • horseshoe crabs are often caught to be used for bait during fishing and for catching eels
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Coral Reef Marine Life Identification : Coral Reef Fish: Slender Filefish
Horseshoe crab aquarium eating and swimming
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Reef sharks

Reef sharks are less aggressive sharks they are less likely to kill humans or other sharks. They mostly eat small mackerel or other small fish. They are found all over coral reefs.
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SeaWorld® Kids - Killer Whale vs Great White
Shark Academy: Gray Reef Sharks

Plants

algae is a common plant found near water or underwater also take in 73% carbon dioxide

sea grass is another common plant

also mangrove plants grow all over coral reefs ( mostly near Florida and other tropical reefs).

anemones

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cold and warm water

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cold and warm water

It is cold near the gulf of mexico and the Caribbean
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where coral reefs can be found

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climate

climate

Near the gulf of mexico it is tropical and has a big chance of having a hurricane

jellyfish

Relaxing Jellyfish Loop
http://www.bioexpedition.com/horseshoe-crab/

http://www.bioexpedition.com/horseshoe-crab/

http://www.sharksider.com/reef-shark/

http://www.sharksider.com/reef-shark