Discover the Natural Beauty of Coral Reefs
One of nature’s beauties in this world’s waters is the coral reefs.
The colours and formations will make you wonder how something so wondrous is made for us to experience.
Then to realize that these coral reefs are made up from a complex sea life will amaze you.
The structures of coral reefs are made of tiny animals forming colonies in sea waters that contain few nutrients.
The majority of coral reefs are built from stony coral that consist of polyps this will cluster in groups.
Sea anemones and these polyps are closely related but unlike sea anemones coral polyps secrete hard carbonate exoskeletons that support and protect their bodies.
These beautiful coral reefs grow in clear, sunny, shallow, warm, agitated waters that are often called the rainforests of the sea.
These reefs have the most diverse ecosystems on earth. 25% of marine life that include fish, crustaceans, sponge, molluscs and worms as well as other contrarians call coral reefs their home.
With few nutrients in the oceans water it is a paradox how they survive and flourish.
Though most coral reefs are found in tropical water at a shallow depth there are deep and cold water coral reefs in other parts of the world.
They are in smaller scales but just as beautiful as the warm water coral reefs.
These reefs are fragile and need protection from people that will over fish them or damage them.
The damage comes from boat traffic and tours were people walk on them.
Urban running off from agricultural and water pollution will harm the reefs by encouraging excess algal growth.
It has also been found the tanning oil and other human products will kill off the tiny sea life the make of the reefs.
Humans are not the only dangers to the coral reefs.
There are also threats from nature, climate change and oceanic acidification.
Protection of this ecosystem is important also because they will deliver a number of services to the area the coral reefs are located such as tourism and fisheries as well as shoreline protection.
The estimated values of these coral reefs are in the billions, yes billions of dollars annually.
One of the most breathtaking coral reefs is the Great Barrier Reef.
This reef system is part of the World Heritage Sites and one the 7 wonders of the world.
So this is a must see coral reef that you have to experience up close.
The best way to this is to book a boat tour of the Great Barrier Reef; there are many different ways to do this tour in boats.
Snorkeling and scuba diving is an option to really get a close look that the beauties of this natural wonder.
You may sail as well in sailing yachts that fit the needs and comforts for your personal pleasures.
So take the time to book which ever you choose to see the natural beauty of a coral reef.
The choice you make will be one of the best choices you have ever made.