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Wisdom Wednesday 8/28/2019

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Coral reef Instagram photo

Photo by @matt_aden

Known as “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean but are home to almost 25% of all known marine species! Even though they are the home of marine animals, they are also animals and not plants. Coral reefs are the largest structures on earth of biological origin, and are naturally colorful because of algae, which lives inside of the coral, providing them with food. Unfortunately, 25% of coral reefs are irrevocably damaged. Destructive fishing practices, coral mining, and climate change are some of the reasons behind their plight.