Animal Life Cycle in the Coral Reef

16 03 2009

Do you want to learn about the animal life cycle in the coral reefs? I would like to so here is some information. First lets start with sea slugs when they are born, they are plank tonic larvae. As they get older they start to grow their shells, but when they reach maturity, they loose their shells. As they reach their dying stage, they stay in their shells. Next we have crabs. At birth they are very tiny and have white coloring. When they reach the youth stage, they develop chitin! As they mature, they receive strong claws. During the dying stage, they live in their shells.

Then there is the most important of them all, coral.when they are first born, they look like milky clouds. The next stage in a coral’s life cycle is the youth stage. During this time they divide constantly. After that, they are pushed along by the currents so  the coral can find their mates. Sea  stars. When they are born, they look like mini stars. As they start to mature, they get stronger tentacles. Did you know that they produce 19 million eggs during this time? Towards the time of dying, they slowly move to the ocean floor.

– By Brandy C. Moore

Weird, But true.

Coral can change their gender when ever they want.

-By Conrad A. Paganini


Human Impacts On Coral Reefs

16 03 2009

To begin this section on human impacts, I will explain the ways humans have effected the ocean & coral reef’s population. First, Ocean pollution. This means the ocean becomes full of unwanted waste. Also we clump garbage in the ocean and harm sea life. Then we create flotsam ( The part of a wreckage of a ship and it’s cargo found floating in the water) This is when the sea becomes polluted with oil and gases. Last but not least, fertilizer damage which occurs when too many plants and animals grow, so humans take the animal’s and plant’s homes near and around the ocean. For us to improve these problems, there are many things we can do such as clumping trash into landfills. As humans we don’t realize that we are the cause of all these problems, but we steadily complain.So, on that note I think we should stop complaining and take back our oceans!

-By Brandy C. Moore