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How to Protect the Coral Reefs When You Travel

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Often referred to as “the rainforest of the sea,” coral reefs are a natural attraction for travelers, sending snorkelers and divers around the world to get an up-close look at these colorful communities. More scientifically speaking, coral reefs are an underwater ecosystem characterized by colonies of coral polyps (soft-bodied organisms related to sea anemones and jellyfish) stitched together by calcium carbonate—they also provide food and shelter for the marine life that call these biologically rich ecosystems home.

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