By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you spot awesome fish, waving sea anemones, diving turtles - even perhaps a prowling barracuda! The coral reef is filled with lifestyles - from coral polyps snagging plankton to a moray eel gobbling up a goby fish. Day and evening at the coral reef, the search is directly to locate nutrients - and to prevent turning into an individual else's subsequent meal. All dwelling issues are hooked up to each other in a meals chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, and plant to animal. What direction will you're taking to keep on with the nutrition chain throughout the coral reef? Will you . . . Tail a tiger shark because it sniffs out its subsequent sufferer? try out a stingray crushing clams? Watch a feathery fan computer virus seize bits of leftovers? stick to all 3 chains and lots of extra in this who-eats-what event!

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Meanwhile, and lavender rope sponges the sponge has already begun healing itself. It will eventually grow back the broken part. Last night for dinner, the sponge soaked up . . Sponges Can Be Shar p ! Your kitc hen sponge is nam ed af ter the natural sponges found in the reef . But not all ocean sponge s are soft. Some do have squishy skeleton s that have been harvested for washing and padding for thou sands of years. ) But some are mad e of a bonylike materia l that makes the sponges hard like coral.

Even as you drift through the dying coral here, an anchor from a sightseeing boat extends into the water. It crunches through the dead staghorn coral and pierces the shell of a brain coral. This reef is already dying, but boaters, snorkelers, and fishers destroy living coral all the time. It may be hundreds of years before it can grow back again, if at all. Unfortunately, warmer water and careless people aren’t the only dangers to the coral. Pollution from dumped chemicals in the ocean also kills the coral.

Unfortunately, warmer water and careless people aren’t the only dangers to the coral. Pollution from dumped chemicals in the ocean also kills the coral. So does water runoff from cities. Runoff causes too many nutrients to enter the water. Algae grows rapidly and takes oxygen that ocean plants need. Diseases also affect the coral. And without the coral, the millions of species that depend on the reef are at risk. In fact, coral reefs are the most endangered habitats in the world. The white half of this brain coral is dead.

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