By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you spot fabulous fish, waving sea anemones, diving turtlesmaybe even a prowling barracuda! The coral reef is stuffed with lifefrom coral polyps snagging plankton to a moray eel gobbling up a goby fish. Day and evening at the coral reef, the search is directly to locate foodand to prevent turning into a person elses subsequent meal. All dwelling issues are attached to each other in a nutrition chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, and plant to animal. What course will you are taking to keep on with the nutrients chain in the course of the coral reef?
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The anemone eats the predator fish. The anemone gets a meal, and the smaller fish have one less predat or to worry about. When a creature helps another in this way, it is cal led symbiosis. The most famous team is the clownfish and the anemone. The clownfish lives inside the ten tacles of the anemone, protected from the tentacles’ poison by a spe cial mucus layer. 55 wave washes the squirrelfish close to the anemone, it attacks. As soon as the fish brushes the anemone, the anemone shoots out its tentacles.
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