Coral seas are the most colorful and diverse habitats on earth, built from a unique symbiotic relationship between coral larvae and algae.
- Coral reefs are found in warm, tropical oceans and are the largest living structures on our planet.
- It can take thousands of years for a mature coral reef to develop.
- Coral forms a symbiotic relationship with algae that lives on the reef and performs photosynthesis, producing energy for the coral.
- Storms, pollution, rising temperatures and overfishing are destroying coral reefs at an alarming rate.
In warm, clear, tropical oceans lie the world's richest and most colorful marine habitats, coral reefs - the largest living structures on our planet.
But these organisms are not plants, they're animals.
Colonies of polyp invertebrates
Found in tropical ocean habitats
Depth: 0m to 60m
These vast ecosystems begin with a single coral larvae, ...
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