Images Show How Big Sea Creatures Depend on Healthy Reefs


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Scientific American has a beautiful slideshow illustrating how important healthy reefs are to all sorts of sea life, including predators. With the World Ocean Conference going on this week, everyone has their eye on the health of coral reefs and the creatures of the seas. From Scientific American:

The web of life that depends on the health of coral reefs extends from microscopic algae and polyps to relative giants of the sea like the green turtle. In fact, a reef supports an abundance of sea life and the most unusual thing about the one at Palmyra Atoll is the relative abundance of predators.

Check out their full slideshow, and also check out other ocean-related slideshows here on TreeHugger:

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Tags: Biodiversity | Coral Reefs | Oceans | Preservation