Essay about Coral Reefs : A Community Of Living Organisms

880 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 4 Pages
Coral Reefs
A coral (disambiguation) reef is a community of living organisms. It is made up of plants, fish, and plenty other creatures. When I think of coral reefs I think of neon colors, and beautiful colorful dancing plants of the sea. Coral reefs are a submerged structure made up of many different corals, or small marine invertebrates. Coral reefs are some of the diverse ecosystems in the world. Twenty-five percent of all marine life is actually home to it. Coral reefs have said to be the foundation for many marine species. They are also a crucial support for human life. Coral reefs have been around for millions of years. About 0.1% of the ocean floor is covered by coral reefs. Coral reefs are the homes of many species including crabs, shrimp, oysters, and clams basically foods we humans might consume on a daily basis. Sponges, crabs, shrimps, sea worms, starfish, sea turtles, and many other species of sea are thought to be like the rainforest of the ocean. I see them as the magical beauty of the ocean. Believe it or not each coral reef stands for something, and is not just a “plant” or “animal” living in the ocean. Coral reefs are made up of tiny animals that called “polyps” that stay fixed in one place and are the main structure of a reef. Polyps have a hard outer skeleton made of calcium (similar to a snails shell). Polyp is connected by living tissue that forms a community. Coral reefs may vary in size, type, and location around the world but are very sensitive to…

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