Clown Fish Struggle to Survive

Scientists Work to Save a Rare and Beautiful Species

by Zoe Benelcaid, age 11

      Clown fish are at risk of being endangered. Clown fish live in sea anemones that grow on coral reefs. Because of climate change, scientists fear that coral reefs will die and the clown fish won’t have a place to live.
      Last September, the center for biological diversity made a petition that they hope will prevent clown fish from becoming an endangered species. Shaye Wolf, a scientist from the Center of Biological Diversity, says coral reefs are becoming unhealthy because of climate change and pollution. This is also damaging clown fish’s sense of hearing, sight, and smell.
      The pollution from humans is also hurting coral reefs by increasing the acid in the ocean. This makes it hard for young clown fish to find coral reefs, healthy enough, to make their homes. The National Marine Fisheries Service provides conservation for endangered or threatened species. They are also the ones that will possibly help the Clown fish survive.
      There is no evidence that clown fish numbers are dropping, but scientists are still concerned about this species because of the damaged coral reefs.  “The longer we wait the harder it’s going to be to save these unique creatures” said Wolf.

[Source: Time For Kids]        


Well Done for completing the cousre and your fantastic reef-protecting contributions. Reef Check Australia relies heavily on volunteers to donate time and effort to continue essential surveys and research into reefs. Sarah – ValWell Done for completing the cousre and your fantastic reef-protecting contributions. Reef Check Australia relies heavily on volunteers to donate time and effort to continue essential surveys and research into reefs. Sarah (2014-01-06 02:59)
Mildred Fennig on Again you have touched my heart. I grew up in Florida, leaivng Kentucky at age eleven. Returning to Florida, a couple of times a year, I am saddened by what has happened to my beaches. They are no longer pristeen..though people who didn't experience them years ago don't realize what has and is happening. There is trash in the water and the erosion is happening incredibly quickly. As a child, I remember the walk to reach the water was so very long, I felt I would never reeach the water and now it is spitting distance almost. There is a branch of Scripps/Smithsonian and some other research facilities and I know they are working on the problems but it seems to me that we'll never catch up with the amount of damage that has been created. There are museum programs that teach the school children about the sea creatures and I love to attend these when I am in town. The children are part of the hope for the future. I don't want to feel so hopeless and must constantly work on my feelings. But some days, I must just mope and then move on. Thanks for bringing the awareness of , yet, another great project to the forefront. – EkoMildred Fennig on Again you have touched my heart. I grew up in Florida, leaivng Kentucky at age eleven. Returning to Florida, a couple of times a year, I am saddened by what has happened to my beaches. They are no longer pristeen..though people who didn't experience them years ago don't realize what has and is happening. There is trash in the water and the erosion is happening incredibly quickly. As a child, I remember the walk to reach the water was so very long, I felt I would never reeach the water and now it is spitting distance almost. There is a branch of Scripps/Smithsonian and some other research facilities and I know they are working on the problems but it seems to me that we'll never catch up with the amount of damage that has been created. There are museum programs that teach the school children about the sea creatures and I love to attend these when I am in town. The children are part of the hope for the future. I don't want to feel so hopeless and must constantly work on my feelings. But some days, I must just mope and then move on. Thanks for bringing the awareness of , yet, another great project to the forefront. (2015-11-28 02:29)
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