Along with rising ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, and destructive fishing practices, coral reefs are also being impacted by harmful chemicals found in sunscreen! Why does this matter and what makes coral reefs important? Most scientists cite the ocean as the source of over half the worlds oxygen and a third of its carbon absorption—and while there's some debate as to the role reefs play in this positive gaseous exchange, everyone agrees that in terms of nominal value, coral reefs are the most important ecosystem the ocean provides.
Convenience. We love it, we expect it, and boy or boy is it hard when it’s not there. I was truly in love with convenience and we had one of the best relationships. Not having to be prepared for a quick bite to eat while doing errands, I could pop in anywhere and get a drink with the proper accessories, and I was given whatever method was needed to carry my goods. How on earth could I break up this relationship?
Let's talk about sex!
Ok, we have established that corals are animals..right!? Now, let's discuss how corals reproduce!
To keep things simple, coral reproduction can be broken down into two categories... asexual and sexual reproduction.
Coral reefs are not only beautiful, they're also a critical ecosystem that supports the majority of biodiversity found in our oceans! Here are five amazing facts about coral reefs.