What is a coral reef? And why are reefs so important?

Watch this video and then talk corals with friends, family, or classmates:

Conversation drivers

  1. What is coral? Is it a rock, a plant, or an animal? (Learn more about coral here.)
  2. What are three reasons why coral reefs are important?
  3. What is coral bleaching? Why is it becoming more common? (Learn more about coral bleaching here.)
  4. Have you ever visited a coral reef? If yes, what surprised you about the reef and the life it supports? What did you find interesting? What was the most beautiful or unusual thing you saw?
  5. What are several things we can do to help protect our ocean and our coral reefs?

Coral in the news

Wild News: Seabird poop helps restore coral reefs


Wild News: Māori divers remove starfish to protect a coral reef

Wild News: Colorful coral cavalcade

Wild News: Old buses gain new life in plan to help Sri Lanka’s fish

For educators

Nature Lab: Oceans and coral reefs lesson series