Coral
Coral
Oceans
ABout Coral

SOME CORAL HAVE HARD PROTECTIVE LIMESTONE SKELETON AT BASE CALLED A CALICLE, WHICH FORMS CORAL REEF STRUCTURES; TINY SOFT BODIED ORGANISMS.

Corals cover less than one percent of the ocean floor, but support about 25 percent of all marine creatures. Corals get their vibrant colors from the hosted algae. Coral colonies can live five years to several centuries and can be found in cold water. Various coral will extend tentacles or secrete films to collect organic particles, often nocturnal feeders; most nutrients come from the algae’s photosynthesis and they eat zooplankton and small fish.

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Facts & Statistics
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average size
Varies Greatly
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habitat
Tropical waters throughout the world
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eating habits
algae, zooplankton, small fish
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Conservation Status
Depends on species
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