Coral Reef Animals Swim and Thrive

A look at the  coral reef animals shows that these animals come in a variety of shapes and colors. While how they look may be different, the one thing they all share is that they are natural swimmers that have the ability to thrive in this area. Here is a look at some of the most interesting ones.

An interesting white and tan colored fish that can be found in the coral reef is the porcupine fish. With fins and their tail, this species swims close to the bottom of the ocean. When danger comes, it swells it body up to a size the average predator won’t be able to consume, while extending spines that help to further protect it.

With blend of green and yellow colors on its body, the oscillated frogfish is one that stands out. Its name comes from the frog like body it has. However, unlike a frog this species has a dorsal fin it uses to help swim. However, most frogfish tend to sit at the base of the ocean and use their jaws to consume small fish that pass it by instead.

In the waters of the world, there are roughly 65 different species a person can encounter. In a coral reef, you are most likely going to only encounter a handful of different species, all of which are venomous. This species twists their bodies as they propel themselves through the water. The ability to twist and propel with the use of their muscles makes them dangerously fast. However, they do need to go to the surface to regularly breathe.

Perhaps the most intriguing of the ocean life found in coral reef are jellyfish. With a deadly sting, these “fish” float through the water along currents, but they do have the ability to squeeze their bodies to help increase their speed.

Sea turtles can often be spotted among the coral reef animals also. These are large animals with green and yellow flesh and brown speckled shell. Their shape allows them to glide through water, while they use their webbed legs to increase speed and to guide the direction they are traveling in.

A look at the coral reef animals shows the animals are brightly colored and visually stunning. This color pattern helps them to better blend in to the surrounding coral and in some cases, offers a warning to other predatory fish about what they may consider consuming.

Of course, when you are looking at the colors of the coral reef, it is important to realize that the coral itself is alive. While they don’t swim, they do consume small plankton and other organisms that pass through it. In the reef, the coral remains one of the most important creatures in the eco system.

Today’s Daily Swimming Workout:

Warm-Up:  500 as 25 kick choice of stroke, 75 freestyle best technique

Kick with swim fins:  200 your choice of stroke, 200 freestyle

6 X (25 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 25 freestyle)

8 X 50 alternating backstroke and freestyle

Pull with Hand Paddles on:  600 freestyle concentrating on hand entry

4 X (50 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 50 freestyle)

12 X 25 Individual Medley Order, pushed

Warm-down:  200 super slow tai-chi style freestyle

Total:  4500 meters or yards depending on the length of the pool

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