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by Andrea Greengard

This camera displays a variety of coral predators. Although you would think fish and other animals that eat and attack coral would be harmful, it can actually be quite beneficial to the health of the reef and the individual corals. Parrotfish dive headfirst into the reef to eat algae extracted from the chunks of coral they scrape away. They eat dead coral with their special grinding teeth, too.

What kind of fish can I see in this exibit?

Corallivores – such as some Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, and others in this exhibit – eat coral tissue and the algae that grows in the corals. This make coral eaters important because they influence coral abundance, distribution, and community structure. However, some corallivores – such as the Crown-of-Thorns seastar – can decimate entire reefs where there is an outbreak of that species.

Video stream provided by the  Aquarium of the Pacific.

Learn More About The Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located in Long Beach, California. It aims to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Hailed as the fourth most attended aquarium in the nation, it displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits, representing the unique diversity of the Pacific Ocean.

The aquarium also offers educational programming for people of all ages. As a result it gives its visitors the opportunity to dive deeper into the fascinating science of the world’s ocean. To learn even more about the this and other exhibits, you can check out the website of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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