Initially believed to be a plant, William Herschel used a microscope to establish in the 18th Century that Coral had the characteristic thin cell membranes of an animal. While a coral head appears to be a single organism, it is actually a group of many individual, yet genetically identical, polyps.
Corals are highly sensitive to environmental changes. Scientists have predicted that over 50% of the world’s coral reefs may be destroyed by 2030, as a result most nations protect them through environmental laws. Many governments now prohibit removal of coral from reefs and use education to inform their populations about reef protection and ecology. However, many other human activities damage reefs, including runoff, mooring, fishing, diving, mining and construction.
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For more information on the conservation of our Coral Reefs please click Seacology
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