Coral Reefs
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Coral Reef Fact Sheet ... Defenders of Wildlife

Venture into Hawaii's Coral Reefs ...
Hawaii's coral reefs are very unique. Hawaii is about 2,000 miles away from the nearest land mass. The isolation has created unique species that can be found nowhere else in the world. Hawai'i was born of volcanic fires and started with no life. The only plants and animals to settle here were very long-distance travelers. Some drifted as larvae, a very few swam, others hitched rides. Stranded in these isolated waters, the offspring of this select group thrived and multiplied in their isolated paradise. Over millions of years many species changed and became uniquely Hawaiian. This is the reason why over 25% of Hawaiian reef animals are endemic (found only in that location) to Hawaii.

One of the goals of "Venture into Hawai'i's Coral Reefs" is to:
  • share with the world why Hawai'i's coral reefs are referred to as the tropical rainforests of the sea with their many unique organisms.
Another goal is to:
  • send a message to everyone that corals ARE ALIVE and are not just rocks in the reef.
Lastly, "Venture into Hawai'i's Reefs" would like to:
  • teach everyone about what things are threatening our reefs, so we can help to protect them. We want to make sure that our precious ecosystem will still be as beautiful as it is for all to enjoy in this new millennium.