3 Is a coral reef alive?? YES! A coral reef is actually made up of MILLIONS of coral polyps stuck togetherCoral polyps are shaped like a tube and have a stomach, mouth & tentacles
4 What types of plants and animals call the coral reef their home?
5 Did you know… Coral reefs are one of the oldest ecosystems on Earth There are almost a million fish and other species that depend on coral reefs for survival500 million people rely on coral reefs for their food and extracurricular activitiesCoral reefs have been used in the treatment of cancer, heart disease and HIV
6 Did you also know that coral reefs are… ENDANGERED!!
7 What is causing destruction to the coral reefs?? Global warmingExcessive fishing using inhumane fishing methodsScuba divers and their equipmentPollution from oil spills, pesticide runoff, sewage and sediment (from construction)
8 If the present rate of destruction continues, 70% of the world’s coral reefs will be destroyed by the year 2050…
9 What would life be like if the coral reefs were completely destroyed? Is there anything we can do to help??
10 Works Cited www.coralsea.net www.cynical-c.com www.filedudes.com