Exploring the Coral Reefs

Exploring the Coral Reefs takes you on an adventure through the coral reef while learning about how the coral reef works and how all the animals work together to make the ecosystem. The video is engaging and hooks viewers from the start. Coral is built by polyps. Polyps are small creatures that are related to jellyfish. Unlike jellyfish, polyps are stationary. Hard coral create a limestone rock that they continue to build themselves upon. It takes hundreds of years to create coral reefs. The video also shares about endangered animals that are found in the coral reefs.

Exploring the Coral Reefs helped me answer my guiding questions by allowing me to see the actual coral reef ecosystem working together. I was able to see coral in their natural habitat and to see animals on the reef.  The video was full of color and the language was very understandable.

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Energy Flow in the Coral Reef Ecosystem

This video shows the importance of all the parts of the ecosystem of the coral reef. The video describes the importance of each component of the system and what happens if a part of the system goes extinct or missing.

Coral Reefs are usually found near the surface of the water. The corals need the light from the sun to do the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process of converting sunlight into sugar which then provides food for the coral. The sun’s light provides energy to the coral to complete the process of photosynthesis. Fish and other animals eat the corals and other animals in the coral reef making every part in the coral reef vital to its survival.

In the ecosystem the sun provides energy to the plants, to the herbivores, to the carnivores, to scavengers, and to decomposers. This is a cycle that continues everyday and makes the ecosystem thrive.

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Chill Turtle Takes a Swim

This video is created with a Go-Pro attached to the back of a sea turtle. The turtle takes us on a stroll through the Great Barrier Reef. While going on the piggy back adventure, we can see the diversity of the corals and the animals that are in the reefs.

The Great Barrier Reef is located in Australia and is one of the seven wonders of the world. The reef is longer than the Great Wall of China. The Great Barrier Reef has over 400 different kinds of coral species, making it the largest sample of coral in the world. The reef is also home to rays, dolphins, over 1500 species of tropical fish, birds, reptiles including sea turtles, and giant clams that are over 120 years old.

The various species of coral in the Great Barrier Reef play a very big role in the importance of the coral reef. The coral reef provide water filtration, shoreline protection, fish spawning grounds, and protection from erosion. Coral along the reefs act as an important part of the food web. Algae, soft corals, invertebrates, and sponges. Every animal depends on the coral reef for food, protection and for habitat. Every animal in the coral reef plays a very important role in the ecosystem. From filtering the water, to eating and keeping the algae under control, and keeping other animal species under control. Due to the fact that the Great Barrier Reef is able to support a large range of animals and plants, the reefs are able to maintain a relationship between predators, prey and organisms that are in competition with one another.