The Coral Reef
What does it do, and why should we be worried about bleaching and damage to this beautiful part of our ecosystem?
Biodiversity: Coral reefs are essential spawning, nursery, breeding, and feeding grounds for numerous organisms. In terms of biodiversity, the variety of species living on a coral reef is greater than in any other shallow-water marine ecosystems and is one of the most diverse on the planet, yet coral reefs cover less than one tenth of one percent of the ocean floor. Coral reefs support more than 800 hard coral species and more than 4,000 species of fish.
Medicine: Many species found in coral ecosystems produce chemical compounds for defense or attack, particularly the slow-moving or stationary species like nudibranchs and sponges. Searching for potential new pharmaceuticals, termed bioprospecting, has been common in terrestrial environments for decades. However, bioprospecting is relatively new in the marine environment and is nowhere close to realizing its full potential. Creatures found in coral ecosystems are important sources of new medicines being developed to induce and ease labor; treat cancer, arthritis, asthma, ulcers, human bacterial infections, heart disease, viruses, and other diseases; as well as sources of nutritional supplements, enzymes, and cosmetics. The medicines and other potentially useful compounds identified to date have led to coral ecosystems being referred to as the medicine cabinets of the 21st century by some, and the list of approved and potential new drugs is ever growing.
There is so much we can do to keep our oceans clean, safe, and beautifully blooming, starting with something as simple as choosing a SAFE spf. Always do your part, our oceans literally depend on it!
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Recycle, reuse, reduce waste, read ingredient lists in your spf, and always volunteer!
to learn more about the information mentioned above, feel free to visit https://scripps.ucsd.edu/projects/coralreefsystems/about-coral-reefs/value-of-corals/
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