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Most of you will have seen incredible imagery of coral reefs and some of you have perhaps been lucky enough to explore a reef yourself. So it is maybe surprising that the biology and ecology of these incredible animals is so alien to many of us.

Join us in exploring the weird and wonderful lifestyles of reef-building corals and learn how these simple creatures play such a fundamental role in constructing and maintaining marine ecosystems.

Biology & Ecology

Large reefs have been built up by coral colonies over centuries or millennia

Zooxanthellae provide coral with 80% of their nutrients

Corals can prey on plankton, marine worms and small fish

Some coral species mate en masse in spectacular events visible from space

Competing coral colonies can engage in chemical warfare in order to win new space to grow

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