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What is Coral Bleaching and Why Is It Dangerous?

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While we often refer to five different oceans (Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Southern, and Arctic), the interconnected nature of them means that there is really just one, global ocean.

When you think of the ocean, you may think of sitting in a chair on your favorite beach, enjoying the distant sound of crashing waves with the sun beating down on your face.

While the ocean certainly provides us with a beautiful place to vacation, it also plays a significant role in the global ecosystem.

The water that covers roughly 70% of the earth’s surface is home to countless animal species and other living organisms, each of which plays a major role in another.

One of the most important organisms in the ocean is coral reef. While many people incorrectly believe that coral reefs are plants, they’re actually animals.

This misidentification generally comes from their appearance. They’re invertebrates like jellyfish and sponges. Another trait that causes people to assume that coral reefs are plants is that they actually take root in the bottom of the ocean.

Coral communities, often referred to as “Rainforests of the Ocean” because of their biodiversity, form when multiple reefs take root in the same area.

Coral reef does not produce their own food, instead relying on their tiny tentacles to get nourishment from the ocean.

Unfortunately, there are several threats posed to coral reefs, many of which have the potential to impact the rest of the environment, including humanity.

Today, discover more about the importance of coral reefs and about coral bleaching, one of the biggest threats to this important organism.


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