Today is World Oceans Day. A quick visit to the United Nations page about it informs us that oceans produce at least half the oxygen on our planet, while absorbing about 30% of the carbon dioxide released in the atmosphere. They are also home to about 15% of the Earth’s species.
Unfortunately, coral reefs are suffering because of climate change, pollution, overfishing, and other factors. And coral reefs are important because a quarter of the organisms in the world’s oceans depend on them—and then half a billion people depend on these reefs for food and livelihood, and for protection from storms and coastline erosion.
To raise awareness of the important and beauty of coral reefs, I made several puzzles for kids.
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The puzzle collages include photos of organisms such as: nudibranch/sea slugs (order Nudibranchia), including Chromodoris nudibranch, parrotfish (family Scaridae), yellow tang fish (Zebrasoma flavescens), sea anemone (order Actiniaria), clownfish (order Perciformes), orange-lined and clown triggerfish (family Balistidae), lionfish/dragonfish/butterfly cod (Pterois), miniatus grouper/coral grouper/coral hind (Cephalopholis miniata), jewelled blenny (Salarias fasciatus), sergeant major fish (Abudefduf saxatilis), copperband and lemon butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae), sea turtles (order Testudines), seahorse (Hippocampus), octopus, crab (infraorder Brachyura), starfish/sea star (class Asteroidea), and many varieties of coral (class Anthozoa).
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To a happier, healthier life,