The Great Value of Coral Reefs, Florida Keys

By August 10, 2016March 11th, 2019Florida Keys


Global photo stories–Photographs and stories of world cultures, nature, wildlife and global learning.   

Coral reefs provide homes for hundreds of species of fish and thousands of species of plant and animal life.  Fish prefer structure to sandy ocean bottoms for living, eating and reproducing.  They use coral reefs to hide from predators that can’t squeeze between tight spaces, but lurk in bigger caverns between dining experiences.  It is estimated that twenty five percent of all marine species live on reefs, although reefs account for less one percent of the ocean floor.  Clearly, it is important to protect and preserve this limited habitat.  I took this underwater photograph while diving with my daughter near Alligator reef off the coast of Islamorada. With this global photo story, I salute the many divers who clean up debris while enjoying the beauty of this fragile habitat.