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					        Coral Reef




By Olivia, Cameron, Gwen , Treanna
         Coral Reef

Coral reefs are warm, clear, shallow ocean habitats that are rich in life.
The reefs massive structure is formed from coral polyps, tiny animals
that live in colonies When coral polyps die they leave behind a hard,
stony, branching structure made of limestone. The coral provides
shelter for many animals in this complex habitat including sponges,
nudibranches, fish, (like blacktip reef sharks, groupers , clown fish,
eels, parrotfish, snapper, and scorpion fish) jellyfish, anemones, sea
stars (including the destructive Crown of Thorns), crustaceans (like
crabs, shrimp,and lobster), turtles, sea snakes, snails, and mollusks
(like octopi, nautilus, and clams).
The coral provides shelter for many animals in
this complex habitat including sponges,
nudibranches, fish, (like blacktip reef sharks,
groupers , clown fish, eels, parrotfish, snapper,
and scorpion fish) jellyfish, anemones, sea stars
(including the destructive Crown of Thorns),
crustaceans (like crabs, shrimp,and lobster),
turtles, sea snakes, snails, and mollusks (like
octopi, nautilus, and clams).
   Dolphin




Fish



             Sea star
Dolphin
                    Interesting Facts


  •   The oceans cover almost 3/4 of the Earth.
  •   The Pacific Ocean goes around the whole Earth.
  •   The Earth’s oceans are all connected to one another.
  •    The ocean contains 97% of the Earth’s water supply.
  •   The ocean is the largest of all the ecosystems
      oceans are very large bodies of water that dominate.
There are coral reefs of the eastern
coast of Africa, southern coast of
India, in the Red Sea, and off the
coast of northeast and northwest
Australia and on to Polynesia.
There are two types of coral reefs,
hard coral and soft coral. Hard
corals (like brain coral and elkhorn
corals) have hard limestone
skeletons which form the basis
of coral reefs covering nearly
 75% of the Earth’s surface.
                      Plants
       In the ocean there are plants such as
seaweed, coral ragwort, marram grass, fungi,
periwinkles, sea lettace, gutweed poly, siphonia,
coraling, serad wrack, bladder wrack, knotted
wrack, flat wrack, chanell wrack, brain coral, lacy
seafar, coral polyps, flower coral, tube sponge,
eelgrass.

				
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