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Reef rehab could help threatened corals make a comeback

Solutions for threatened reefs vary by location and damage done

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5:30am, October 18, 2016
Coral reef

REEF REHAB  A coral fluoresces purple (left), perhaps as a sunscreen defense for colorless polyps, in a photo taken September 12 of a bleached reef near Okinawa, Japan.

Coral reefs are bustling cities beneath tropical, sunlit waves. Thousands of colorful creatures click, dash and dart, as loud and fast-paced as citizens of any metropolis.

Built up in tissue-thin layers over millennia, corals are the high-rise apartments of underwater Gotham. Calcium carbonate skeletons represent generations of tiny invertebrate animals, covered in a living layer of colorful coral polyps. Their structures offer shelter, and for about 114 species of fish and 51 species of invertebrates, those coral skyscrapers are lunch.

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