The Coral Reef is most likely the place where all types of fishes stay to find their mate or lay eggs. Because of its very diversity, coral reefs are also called the “rainforest” of the ocean. Although these coral reefs account for only about 1% of the world’s ocean, they are home to 25% of life underwater.

Coral Reef BleachingBut due to a lot of factors including human-related activities and the inevitable warming of the planet, these majestic structures have been slowly dying.

The world’s largest coral reef in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, has already been affected. Coral reef bleaching occurs when algae are forced to leave the polyps during high temperature in the seas. Some bleached corals recover in the next season but most of them die especially when all the algae that live in them are lost.  The magnitude of the damage is not yet confirmed but it is very visible when the reef is seen on top view.

The destruction of these reefs can result to an end to another ecosystem, termed as the DOMINO EFFECT. When this happens, those marine animals that depend on the coral reefs are most likely be wiped out due to predation. There will be an impact to the economy of the countries which depends largely on fishery. Shores will also be damaged and tourism will decline. The balance of nature will be disrupted and extinction of many species will occur.