Posted by: Stefan
It is a not very large area in the vast ocean. It is known as the “birthplace of the seas”.
This name comes from the fact that owns 76% of the known coral, 6 of the 7 species of sea turtles, and more than 2.228 species of reef fish. It is definately the place with more marine biodiversity in the world.
The Coral Triangle is an area located in maritime tropical Pacific convergence Southeast Asia and Oceania, which includes waters of six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. Lembeh Strait is situated almost in the center of this area, although here there are a nice coral, Lembeh Strait is famous about the critters that you can see.
All this implies that the health of the life in the sea depends on the health of Coral Triangle. His contribution to marine biodiversity is vital for balance, and practically only the effect of man could change that. Is for that the internatinal asosation wants to take care all this area.
And its importance is in corals, small rather primitive animals that produce reefs, essential for life in the sea.
Say coral is a loose term scientifically, because as a group of animals are characterized by a unique cell ” cnidocytes “. This group really call Cnidaria and includes jellyfish, soft and hard corals, and hydras. See diagram of the morphology here.
They are unique cells, cnidocytes, responsible for defending the corals of predators and used to hunt small food, although many of them live with symbiotic algae from which they obtain food.
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Note: is the liquid inside this cnidocytes that can itching when the coral bite the humans. So remember don´t touch anything and only leave your bubbles when dive!
Date Posted: September 1, 2014 @ 6:32 pm Comments (0)