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Coral Reef

Download the workbook or use the website to learn about coral reefs

Learn about the amazing creatures that inhabit the coral reefs and how to protect them! You’ll see sharks and sea turtles, parrotfish, eels, octopus, clownfish, anemone and more. Plus there are lots of facts about the coral reef.

Exploring the Coral Reef

Today you will write a report about a coral reef. Use this video to help you make notes on the reef.

Fun Facts

 

  • Known as “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean but are home to almost 25% of all known marine species!

 

  • Corals are in fact animals, not plants.

 

  • Coral reefs are naturally colourful because of algae, which lives inside of the coral, providing them with food.

The Great Barrier Reef

 

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world. It can be found off the North East coast of Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef is larger than the entire country of Italy put together In fact, it is so big that astronauts can see the Great Barrier Reef from the moon. To give you an ideas of size, it spans about 70 million football fields!

Over 1500 kinds of fish live in the Great Barrier reef. The smallest fish is called the Stout Infant Fish which is only 7 millimetres long, and the biggest is the whale shark which can grow up to 12 metres long!

Fish on the Reef

Angelfish:

The stripes and patterns on an angelfish act like a human fingerprint which makes each one unique.

 

Butterfly Fish:

The bodies of Butterfly Fish are very thin, which help them navigate through smaller passages.

Cardinal Fish:

Cardinal Fish are nocturnal and bury themselves within gaps in coral or caves during the daylight hours.

 

Sharks:

Over 160 species of shark live in the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Gobies:

Gobies live at the bottom levels of the reef and travel either alone or in small groups to avoid predators.

 

Clownfish:

Clownfish live in shallow waters, making them easy to spot when you are snorkelling.

 

 

Make a coral reef

 

 

 

This is a colourful cardboard coral reef. All you need is a cardboard box, some colouring pictures and some glue or tape.

 

Use the information in the book, and your report, to decide where you will place your fish, sharks, coral or crabs.

 

You can make C shape pieces of card to attach your fish to the coral reef scene.

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