Coral reefs teem with diverse life. Thousands of species can be found living on one reef. The Great Barrier Reef contains over 400 coral species, 1,500 fish species, 4,000 mollusc species and six of the world’s seven sea turtle species.
Coral reefs are the building blocks of many marine ecosystems and an artery of life on this planet. This program provides the skills and knowledge to recognize and identify the major families of coral species. At the end of this program, you will obtain the Specialty Coral Identification certification.
It is strongly recommended course for those becoming Divemasters, Instructor and all those who have followed a course of study marine biology.
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Thousands of species rely on reefs for survival. Millions of people all over the world also depend on coral reefs for food, protection and jobs.
The course is an overview of the biology of and threats to coral reefs, as well as efforts being made to conserve and protect them.
You will also learn:
- The basics of corals biology,
- Coral identification based on growth forms
- The differences between hard and soft corals, and how to identify corals based on large polyp and small polyp size.