World Oceans Day – Coral Reefs at Risk

Today is World Ocean’s Day, a day we celebrate and appreciate the big and wondrous BLUE .  Sadly life under the sea is vastly decreasing, with one of nature’s greatest wonders in danger of disappearing if we don’t act.

The fascinating world of the coral reef occupies approximately 0.1 percent of the water surface of our planet. Coral ecosystems are an entire universe for millions of sea creatures.  It can be difficult to imagine, but corals are very important in maintaining balance in marine life. Today we know that 20% of the world’s coral reefs have already become extinct .

 adjusted - shutterstock_89297827Coral reefs are home to more than 25% of all marine species. Take out the corals, and there are no reefs, remove the reefs, and entire ecosystems collapse. Unfortunately, this is exactly what appears to be happening around the world. There are already “dead zones” in the ocean.

The Great Barrier Reef, off the northeast coast of Australia, is the largest coral reef in the world, about 2,600 km long. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This world treasure is in danger. We need to act now before it’s too late.

Become a REEF DEFENDER! Sign Greenpeace’s petition here

[box] Written By: Irina Tikhomirova [/box]

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