November 06, 2012

Fish Upon a Star Facts

  • Coral reefs are very sensitive to temperature changes in the water that when water temperature rises, the algae living in coral dies and bleaches the coral white.

  • Even though coral reefs only make up less than one percent of the marine environment, they provide a home for 25 percent of marine life.

  • ORA is the world's largest coral farm, they have 70,000 square feet of greenhouses and grow 160 species of coral.

  • Coral fossils have been dated back to the Cambrian period 570 million years ago.

  • In order to filter plankton passing through the water, Sea Fan corals grow at right angles to the current of the water.

  • The algae that live in coral, known as zooxanthellae, produce oxygen and help the coral remove waste. In return, the coral provides the algae with a protected environment and compounds needed for photosynthesis.

  • Not only is Alonzo Mourning an avid aquarist, but he also was twice named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

  • When corals become stressed due to changes in their environment, they get rid of the algae living in their tissue causing the coral to turn white. This process is known as coral bleaching.

  • There are only three lakes in the whole world that are home to African Cichlids; Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganika, and Lake Victoria.

  • African Cichlids are known as mouth brooders, meaning the female cichlids put their eggs in their mouth once they are fertilized.

  • The Chalice coral is known to be territorial and will sting other corals if placed too closely.

  • In the year 2000, the Coral Reef Conservation Act (CRCA) was established to preserve and protect coral reefs around the world.

  • Darwin's theory of coral formation recognizes three types of reefs: the fringing reef, the barrier reef, and the atoll. The fringing reef bordering shorelines of continents and islands, barrier reef being farther offshore, and the atoll surrounding central lagoons of water.

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