As a pelican, I spend much of my time on the surface of the waves. But if I peer down below, a whole other world awaits me. Colorful coral reefs, many which line the southern Florida coasts, are home to dazzling diversity of animals and plants. Even the corals themselves that make up the reefs are animals!
Each of these coral reef creatures have unique adaptations for life in their busy world. Some have the ability to camouflage (hide) themselves, while others are equipped with a keen sense of smell or sight. Regardless, they all interact with and depend on each other for their survival.
But hey, have YOU ever explored this mysterious ocean ecosystem and its wonderful wildlife? If not, here's your chance. Below is an underwater view of a Florida coral reef environment. See how many animals and plants you can find. But look closely...some of those fish sure know how to hide! You can print this page to color.
Be careful down there...
When you visit a coral reef, avoid touching or anchoring on the corals - they're animals themselves!
SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Information Database
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Animals to be found include elkhorn coral, brain coral, fan coral, sea anemone, brittle star, sea snake, shrimp, hermit crab, clam, angelfish, butterflyfish, moon jellyfish, barracuda, grunt, nurse shark, queen conch