The Quest to Save Coral

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WORLD REEF DAY brings awareness to the indispensability of our coral ecosystems, half of which have already been lost due to climate change.

Did you know?

  • Corals aren’t plants and they aren’t shells — they’re animals. And some of the oldest; studies indicate some corals can live for 5,000 years.
  • Corals are very sophisticated creatures. They’re made of thousands of smaller animals (polyps) that connect, creating a single organism or colony. These colonies join with others, becoming reefs.
  • There are two main types of coral: hard and soft. Hard corals are “reef-building” corals; Soft corals are bendable and protect the reef.
  • Coral reefs only make up one percent of the ocean floor, but they support a quarter of ocean life.
  • Most of the world’s coral reefs appear in six countries: Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and the Maldives.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth, spanning over 2,200 km (1,400 mi) and dating back nearly 20,000 years ago.
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