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Coral Reefs

Help our Coral Reefs

Coral reefs may look like rocks, but they’re actually made up of thousands of tiny, living animals called coral polyps! A coral polyp is a tubular saclike animal with a central mouth surrounded by a ring of tentacles. They are related to animals like sea anemones and jellyfish! In addition to providing an important habitat for marine organisms, coral reefs help protect coastlines from harsh storms and floods, provide major tourist attractions for snorkelers and SCUBA divers around the world, and may potentially provide important medical cures in the future.

 

 

 

 

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Growing Gardens of Coral

Coral reefs are unique marine ecosystems found around the world, especially in warm, tropical waters. They are made up of thousands of living animals called coral polyps. Coral reefs provide an important habitat for a variety of marine animals. Even though they look strong and study, coral reefs are threatened by pollution, climate change, and coastal development. The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), a conservation organization in the Florida Keys, works to create offshore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species. They work to grow and maintain thousands of reef building corals at special, underwater coral nurseries. After a spending a year growing in their nurseries, corals are planted on struggling reefs in an effort to restore and improve these important habitats. With the help of students, volunteers, scientists, dive operators, public aquariums, and community groups, thousands of corals grown in CRF’s nurseries have already been planted on coral reefs! 

 

Our Partners 

Coral Restoration Foundation