Underseascapes - Coral Reefs of Mexico, November 2009
One of the biggest reasons people travel to the Riviera Maya is to dive or snorkel on the beautiful reefs. Coral reefs have the largest diversity and quantity of life then any other environment on earth.
When you swim along the reef you will see more life then anywhere on earth. But what is a coral reef? What is coral?
These are the coral polyps of a large boulder coral with their arms pulled in. The small green spots in the centers are their mouths. Now while these animals are capable of building continents they are also very delicate. There is a thin coating over them that protects them from infection. If you touch them with your hands or scrape them with your fins you tear off that coating and the polyps die. Never touch, hit or stand on the coral. You will be killing a beautiful and wonderful part of the world.
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