Coral reefs help stabilize the sea bed! Reefs give sea plants and grasses a place to thrive! More plants on the sea bed means less impacts from storms and surges! All of this means that the plants protected by the reef help prevent the sea bed from being washed deeper, which would change the water temperature near the shore and cause significant erosion of the shoreline. Because the reef can stabilize the sea bed, reefs are popular spawning grounds for many fish and sea creatures. The shape and dimensions of the reef acts as an egg protection from predators!