Coral Reef

Nancy A. Connors's avatar Nancy A. Connors

Beneath the surface of the ocean is a world adorned with rich vibrant color and intricate patterns of both plant and animal life. Different species of coral build structures of various sizes and shapes creating amazing diversity and complexity within the coral reef ecosystem. Corals are really tiny animals that live in colonies created of many individuals. The skeletal structure builds up the reefs over time and many are thousands of years old. These reefs teem with life and provide habitats for 25% of all marines' creatures including algae, sponges, star fish, urchins, anemones, jellyfish, turtles and many species of brilliantly colored fish. Sensitive to stress by pollution, global warming and sedimentation, the health and very existence of coral reefs are threatened worldwide. Many efforts are underway today to help maintain these beautiful structures and the creatures that depend on them.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Pen and Ink/acrylics
  • Width: 46 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 36 inches