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Coral reefs: stunning, diverse, found worldwide, and incredibly fragile, despite the fact that they look like they’re made from stone. These delicate, beautiful structures are microcosms, communities filled with organisms living in a mutually beneficial world that provides food, shelter and protection from harsh weather.
Sadly, 25% of coral reefs are already hopelessly damaged, according to the World Wildlife Fund, and many others face serious threats. Combating damage to coral reefs requires understanding the multifaceted nature of the threats against their survival, and determining the best way to address these environmental issues before it’s too late.
The loss of coral reefs would be tragic not just because we’d miss something beautiful in the world, but because they also play an important environmental role.
Originally posted by sarahlm
It's such a shame that these parts of the ocean aren't under some kind of protection.
I can't even imagine the impact it would have environmentally if they Coral was to start disappearing.