Have you heard of the clownfish? If you have no idea what that is, do you know what Finding Nemo is? A clownfish is Nemo in finding nemo. One important adaptation for the clownfish is that they have a protective shield of their body called a protective mucus. It helps protect them from predators. The sun energy feeds the plants, who feed the clownfish who feeds sea urchin who feeds the great white whale. The main threat to clownfish is pollution. The clownfish is a cool fish, with cool adaptations, a cool food chain, and not very many threats.
What are dugongs? Dugongs are cousins to the manatee. They are mammals that live in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia. Dugongs adapt with their streamlined body, strong flippers, and a wedge-shaped tail. Dugongs are in the middle of the food chain. They only eat sea grass and usually get eaten by tiger sharks or harmed by humans. Dugongs have very few natural predators like, sharks, crocodiles, and killer whales. However, they are more likely to be killed by humans. Dugongs get caught in fishing nets and are struck by boats and or ships. Dugongs threats are seagrass habitat loss or degradation because of coastal development or industrial activities that will cause water pollution. Also, they get caught in bycatch, which is the unwanted fish and other marine creatures caught during commercial fishing for a different species. In the ecosystem Dugongs have a purpose which is to control the vegetation on the reef’s borders. However their existence is being threatened by humans boats, nets, and pollution.
Great Barrier Reef Biodiversity Threats
Great Barrier Reef Energy Flow

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