May 26 – Respect Tropical Reefs
A refuge for prey, lair for predators, shelter, nursery, food sources, and spawning ground-coral carries out a multitude of functions. Despite its appearance it is not an inert mineral but alive and growing extremely slowly. It takes coral a year to grow 3 to 4 inches, and it may have taken it more than a century to grow a 3-foot block. In a fraction of a second, a clumsy kick or blow with a flipper can destroy a coral formation that has been growing for centuries.
If you are vacationing by a tropical lagoon, do not walk on the reef. When diving, be careful of your flippers. And never break off a branch of coral to take home as a souvenir.
From the book 365 ways to Save the Earth by Philippe Bourseiller