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A Guide to Protecting Coral Reefs (Environmental Defense)
Overview of the development, functions, interactions, requirements and biological diversity of coral reef ecosystems.
Sections: Reef Structure and Distribution, Ecological Functions of Coral Reefs, Interactions With Other Ecosystems, Requirements for Coral Reef Ecological Integrity, Biological Diversity in Coral Reefs.

Coral Reef Ecosystems List of Links

Coral Reef Network  - Aloha from Hawai`i
"One of the most fundamental problems in coral reef conservation
centers around the lack of science education." 
Website includes information and photos pertaining to marine life (seaweeds, invertebrates, fishes), 
education (articles, curriculum, dynamic slide shows), reef ecology and research.

Coral Reefs and the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
The crown-of-thorns starfish is a specialist coral feeder, and can cause much destruction to coral reefs.  When feeding, it forces its stomach out of its mouth to envelope the irregular formations of the coral.  Crown-of-thorns starfish can multiply into tremendous numbers in what is known as an outbreak.  It could take 12-15 years for coral cover to return after a massive invasion by a large number of crown-of-thorns starfish.  Replacement of slower-growing species could take 500 years.  Read more about this unique  marine animal.

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
feed on coral

Large heavy chained anchor object dragging through coral on ocean floor
Moorings and anchors drag through
coral and destroy habitat and species
 

Photographs courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Coral Reefs of South Florida (Florida Museum of Natural History)
Corals, Coral Species Profiles, Habitat Requirements, Geographical Distribution, Reef Communities, Coral Diseases, Importance of Coral Reefs, Impacts.

Global Coral Reef Alliance

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA's Coral Reefs Online

Ocean Planet - Bad Sports and Tourist Traps
Tourists and water sports fans leave damage in their wake

Diver carefully looks at reef, but doesn't touch anything
Diver is careful not to touch fragile coral reef

Scuba divers and boaters who care about the environment are very careful
not to damage the coral or remove it.   Even touching coral in some areas is against the law.

Planetary Coral Reef Foundation

Reef Check's List of Links

ReefEd - Australia's Great Barrier Reef - One of the greatest natural wonders on Earth!
Explore the wonders of Australia's most precious reef ecosystem, The Great Barrier Reef. 
The reef is a complex ecosystem; more than just coral and fish.  Site includes photo gallery.
    GBR Explorer - click into alphabetical list to bring up comprehensive list of categories
    of major groups of plants and animals that live on and around the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Education Network - Life and Times, Ask a Brain Coral, Problems and Solutions, Research Hut, Who's Who, Activities, Notebook. (University of Queensland, Australia)

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

Reef Relief

Seaphotos  (more photos available on our Photos Page)

The Coral Reef Alliance

Thumbnail picture gallery (Philippine coral reef life) - click picture for description

United Nations Environment Programme - Coral Reef Unit

Click into Coral Etiquette below to read about proper rules to follow in coral environments.

Island Expedition offers some very important information on
Coral
Electrically-charged sea creature Etiquette

 

School at Sea


Let's have a little fun.

A Seahorse can grasp with its tail and hang onto plants.  They are weak swimmers.  Females lay eggs in  special pouches males have.  In 10-45 days the male releases live young from his pouch.
  See if you can guess who doesn't belong
Click the Seahorse
 

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Continue reading the interesting facts, and don't forget to look for the hopping Bog Frog so you can learn about Wetlands.  
(The Florida Bog Frog is a very rare species of frog found in only a small area of western Florida.  Information on this species may be found on our Endangered Species page)

Or, when you have read everything on our Coral Reefs pages, look through our other sections below
You do read everything on our pages, don't you?? 
 


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