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        Coral Reef Ecology Videos

        These educational videos are part of our Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum, a free online resource for students and teachers:

        http://www.lof.org/education/portal/

        Crown of Thorns Starfish Crisis

        For coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, this is public enemy number one.

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        What are Corals?

        Corals are animals. Stony corals are the kind that build coral reefs.

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        Coral: What Does it Eat?

        Coral polyps are mostly stomach, with a mouth on top.

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        Where are Coral Reefs Found?

        Although corals are found throughout the planet, most reef-building corals are found in the tropics and subtropics where thousands of animals make these reefs their home.

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        Corals: The Birds and the Bees

        How do coral colonies ensure their own survival generation after generation? Corals reproduce sexually (mass spawning and brooding) and asexually (budding and fragmentation).

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        Naming Nature

        Classification helps scientists tell species apart. This educational video explains modern biological classification categories from the most general (domain) to the most specific (species).

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        Form Fits Function

        Form fits function when the shape of something is designed for the job it is supposed to do. When applied to sea creatures, it means their body parts are a good match for their role in the animal's survival.

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        What is Ecology?

        Ecology explores living things, plus the way they interact with one another, and their physical surroundings. A vast web of living and non-living things makes up the ecology of coral reefs.

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        Overfishing

        The world's oceans are the biggest source of food for the whole planet. Overfishing has taken a heavy toll on all the animals we catch to eat.

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        Pollution

        We may not realize it, but what we do every day impacts the fate of coral reefs.

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