Exploring the Coral Reef: Learn about Oceans for Kids - FreeSchool

Come learn about the amazing creatures that inhabit the coral reefs and how to protect them! We'll see sharks and sea turtles, parrotfish, eels, octopus, clownfish, anemone and more in this fun, kid-friendly adventure full of facts about the coral reef. FreeSchool is great for kids! Have you ever wondered what coral is made of? Or where the sand on the beach comes from? Why don't clownfish get stung when they go in the sea anemone? Come find out! Subscribe to FreeSchool: https://www.youtube.com/user/watchfreeschool?sub_confirmation=1 Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watchFreeSchool Check our our companion channel, FreeSchool Mom! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTcEtHRQhqiCZIIb77LyDmA And our NEW channel for little ones, FreeSchool Early Birds! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3OV62x86XHwaqsxLsuy8dA Music: Jaunty Gumption, Music for Manatees, Sneaky Snitch, Call to Adventure, The Other Side of the Door, Hidden Agenda - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Come learn about the amazing creatures that inhabit the coral reefs and how to protect them! We'll see sharks and sea turtles, parrotfish, eels, octopus, clownfish, anemone and more in this fun, kid-friendly adventure full of facts about the coral reef. FreeSchool is great for kids! Have you ever wondered what coral is made of? Or where the sand on the beach comes from? Why don't clownfish get stung when they go in the sea anemone? Come find out! Subscribe to FreeSchool: https://www.youtube.com/user/watchfreeschool?sub_confirmation=1 Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watchFreeSchool Check our our companion channel, FreeSchool Mom! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTcEtHRQhqiCZIIb77LyDmA And our NEW channel for little ones, FreeSchool Early Birds! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3OV62x86XHwaqsxLsuy8dA Music: Jaunty Gumption, Music for Manatees, Sneaky Snitch, Call to Adventure, The Other Side of the Door, Hidden Agenda - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Addison Infinger
Addison Infinger - 3 years ago
thx
Echo 666
Echo 666 - 3 years ago
If corals die - we die
Roger Davis
Roger Davis - 3 years ago
the photography is great and the video is very informative. there is one thing to add and that is there are also coral reefs in cold water as in the arctic even inside the arctic circle.
BFF Channel
BFF Channel - 3 years ago
sand is parrot fish's poop!!??
Kinga Święcicka
Kinga Święcicka - 3 years ago
Wow! Ocean is beatiful really ❤❤❤
alyssia palma
alyssia palma - 3 years ago
sup
Yoli Morales
Yoli Morales - 3 years ago
I'm 57 and I still learning wonders Mediator**
Mama Mia Lucia
Mama Mia Lucia - 3 years ago
I love this in school my friend did this for a class project all on her own when it's a class project and I loved
This video so much that I asked her for the name of this video that's how much I enjoyed it
nikita cheddie
nikita cheddie - 3 years ago
In one of the parts it just looks so satisfying

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Alexander Kulig
Alexander Kulig - 3 years ago
I love these facts
Z's Amazing World of Animals
Z's Amazing World of Animals - 3 years ago
voice sounds lice siri
Z's Amazing World of Animals
Z's Amazing World of Animals - 3 years ago
I am going to see these soon
Z's Amazing World of Animals
Z's Amazing World of Animals - 3 years ago
This was really great I did not know what to write about but coral reefs are a great idea and this is really helpful
Priscilla Monteiro
Priscilla Monteiro - 4 years ago
What a nice video! I just loved it.
Brianna Chambless
Brianna Chambless - 4 years ago
thank you
Nandini talabattula
Nandini talabattula - 4 years ago
really nice
Kyla Marino
Kyla Marino - 4 years ago
this is great
FISH Keeper
FISH Keeper - 4 years ago
cool vid it helped me on my school work
Chung Trịnh
Chung Trịnh - 4 years ago
Amazing! Thank for your channel.

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Emir Duran
Emir Duran - 4 years ago
sure
Terry Moore
Terry Moore - 4 years ago
The main cause of coral reef death is POLE SHIFT... just google 'pole shift' and check the NOAA web site https://maps.ngdc.noaa.gov/viewers/historical_declination/

Oceans are rapidly becoming acidic...just google 'acidification of the oceans'. This is caused by the pole shift. See the NOAA web site for confirmation. Crustal movement is releasing trillions of cubic metres of greenhouse gasses from cracks in deep oceans where the crust is thin.
Nameless 17
Nameless 17 - 4 years ago
I really wanna see coralrefs in real life
Kundal Hazarika
Kundal Hazarika - 4 years ago
All comments by adults...lets watch..m 31 lol
Mrs Moreno
Mrs Moreno - 4 years ago
good for my students i suscribed
BEN MINER
BEN MINER - 4 years ago
Awesome
Sultan Belhoul
Sultan Belhoul - 4 years ago
Who's watching 2017?
Jo Anne Cobb (jonique)
Jo Anne Cobb (jonique) - 4 years ago
My son loves it
Jo Anne Cobb (jonique)
Jo Anne Cobb (jonique) - 4 years ago
Wow
Russell Plouff Jr
Russell Plouff Jr - 4 years ago
great vid

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Eric ALB
Eric ALB - 4 years ago
V cate
labrador201234
labrador201234 - 4 years ago
i think you did a great job on your video
labrador201234
labrador201234 - 4 years ago
i love your video and i love you voice
KyipHeiyllooll Gaming
KyipHeiyllooll Gaming - 4 years ago
I love the coral and the other ocean creatures. Well, my favourite videos are all about oceans! The scientists divided the oceans into four layers, the Sunlit Zone, the Twillight Zone, the Midnight Zone and the Abyss and Trenches.
Lauchlan Marcheski
Lauchlan Marcheski - 4 years ago
Did she say fish poop on 9:22 pee-too!
Brandi Dayzie
Brandi Dayzie - 4 years ago
cool
CAGE JORDAN
CAGE JORDAN - 4 years ago
no I love it
CAGE JORDAN
CAGE JORDAN - 4 years ago
I hate it
Doal Riot
Doal Riot - 4 years ago
thank you sister
Jessica Nixon
Jessica Nixon - 4 years ago
nnn
Lynn T
Lynn T - 4 years ago
the ocean is beautiful and interesting.
mission ias sadhuru
mission ias sadhuru - 4 years ago
awesome ....explanation is realistic in nature tnq
Nickel 107
Nickel 107 - 4 years ago
Good
Nickel 107
Nickel 107 - 4 years ago
good lrning and matatashin n relaxing
Alondra/Pikachu Gonzalez
Alondra/Pikachu Gonzalez - 4 years ago
saw this in school
Mystical Apple18
Mystical Apple18 - 4 years ago
Free school is so rude about how we like to play with sand
Gitland Garmes
Gitland Garmes - 4 years ago
knowing that the limestone fragments were pooped out, doesn't necessarily means that it is to be compared to our own. and it is not gonna stop me from building sand castle, walls or bury my feet in it :P
Chitallic
Chitallic - 4 years ago
The song at the beginning... what is it? I've heard it somewhere... gah
XFoxyGamesX
XFoxyGamesX - 4 years ago
look up kevin macloan and good luck
B4CON S4NDW1CH Bacon
B4CON S4NDW1CH Bacon - 4 years ago
i was in school and i was watching this and i fell asleep ned a better voice
The Angels Games
The Angels Games - 4 years ago
I'm in 3 grade this is awsome
Daniel Hernandez
Daniel Hernandez - 4 years ago
this is stupid f trump
Sean Vasquez
Sean Vasquez - 4 years ago
+Daniel Hernandez, ya donald trump does not believe in global warming.

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PrecXx B.
PrecXx B. - 4 years ago
Beautiful!
ajay bhatia
ajay bhatia - 5 years ago
Nice video. Also checkout a great initiative by Mr Rutherford (Elementary School teacher in Champaign,IL) who was in the local news recently.

Ecosystem project gives students hands-on learning experience http://bit.ly/2cdoPVV
Lisa Ashdowne
Lisa Ashdowne - 5 years ago
This is just perfect for teaching - clear voice, excellent text - great exemplar text for teaching information texts, the language is appropriately academic in nature while reaching young learners or early ESL learners - thank you!! My ESL students (Y3-5 refugees) have done 'Finding Nemo' as a narrative, and are now exploring science/information text through the reef ecosystem and the problems that exist now with taking clownfish from the reefs to sell in pet shops. This video captivated them and will be great to unpack and explore for language structures and features, as well as the series messages delivered in a 'you can be part of the solution' way. Thank you so much.
Lisa Ashdowne
Lisa Ashdowne - 5 years ago
Transcript for students :-) Coral reefs are only found in shallow tropical seas. They may look like colourful rocks, or even plants, but coral is really an animal.

Coral is built by polyps. Polyps are very small creatures that are related to jellyfish. Unlike the jellyfish, which propel themselves around through the water, coral are stationary. They grow together in a colony called a coral head. A small piece of coral may be made from hundreds of polyps. A bigger one may have thousands.

Hard corals create the reef by secreting calcium carbonate, or limestone, a type of rock which gradually builds up into a solid structure. Coral grows slowly, only a few centimetres a year. It can take hundreds of years to form larges piece like this.

Of course, not all coral is hard. Some types are soft. They may look like fans, feathers, or bushes, but once again, it is really a colony of tiny animals living together.

When many corals grow close together, it’s called a reef. Reefs provide very important habitat for fish and other sea creatures. Coral provides shelter for little fish: a place to hide!

That many small fish in one place attracts big fish, which, in turn, attracts big predators. Sharks. This nurse shark is unusually active for the daytime. Usually a nurse shark will hide under ledges and crevasses of the reef and come out at night to eat dormant fish that are hiding in the coral.

Nurse sharks are slow moving bottom dwellers. And, for the most part, harmless to humans, although they can grow up to 14 feet, more than 4 metres, in length. They’re strong jaws allow them to crush shellfish and even coral if need be. But they prefer to eat shrimp, fish and squid.

The reef also provides a place for algae and sponges to grow. This provides food for a variety of creatures. For example, the sea turtle. The hawks bill sea turtle, like most other sea turtles, is endangered. Hunted for their meat and their shells, trapped in commercial fishing nets to drown, and sickened by pollution, their populations are declining.

These turtles rely on the food that grows on the coral reef. And the reef, in turn, relies on the turtles. It’s a partnership that benefits both creatures. The turtles get a reliable source of food. The reef system gets a less obvious advantage. Without the turtles coming to eat the algae and sponges, they would overgrow the reef, preventing the coral from growing and expanding.

With lowered turtle populations in the oceans worldwide, the health of coral reef systems will suffer. It is important for people to do our best to protect these peaceful reptiles, not just for their sake, but the health of the entire coral ecosystem.

Turtles and coral aren’t the only partners you can find i=on the reef. Sea anemones are another animal that seems like a plant. Relative of both coral polyps and jellyfish, anemones have their own partner to help make life easier. Clownfish.

Although it may not look like it, anemones are predators. They have stinging cells in their tentacles that allows them to paralyse their prey, usually small fish or shrimp, and then move them towards their mouth.

Clownfish escape their sting by covering themselves in a protective layer of mucus. By hiding inside the anemone, clownfish are protected from predators that don’t want to be hurt by the anemone. But what does the anemone get out of this, you may ask. Well, the little clownfish can chase away butterfly fish that would eat the anemone. And they can also clean the anemone of parasites and bits of food that the anemone has no way of cleaning itself.

There’s one more unusual pairing that we’re going to talk about today. Can you guess what parrotfish and beaches have to do with each other?

Parrotfish are a distinctive family of fish with a tough bony beak that’s so strong that they can bite through rock and coral. They do this so that they can eat the coral polyps and algae inside. The coral is ground and all the edible parts are digested until only the limestone remains. Then the parrotfish has to get rid of all the crushed limestone. And, there’s only one way to do that. The parrotfish will excrete, or poop out, the limestone which has been crushed into a fine sand. In this way, a single parrotfish can produce 200lbs, or 90kg, of sand every year. You heard that right. The next time you bury you toes in soft white sand at the beach, just remember, you’re making castles with fish poop.

Coral reefs are sometimes called the rainforests of the sea. Though they cover only a tiny area of the ocean, they provide a habitat for a quarter of ocean animals.

Unfortunately, the coral reef ecosystem is a fragile one. The delicate balance between the coral, algae, fish and algae that live there is a delicate one that can be easily disrupted. Over fishing by humans, pollution, and warmer temperatures have all put the worlds coral reefs at risk. Right now, more than half of the world’s reef systems are in danger of destruction. And, if nothing changes, then within 15 years, nearly all the coral in the world will be in danger of dying and disappearing.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help protect coral reefs. Be careful not to waste water or pour chemicals down your drain since, eventually, the water you use will reach the ocean and can increase pollution. Pick up trash that you see on the ground and recycle what you can so garbage won’t find its way into the water. Most importantly, make sure people know that you want to protect coral reefs so that when we make decisions about how to take care of our world, we will make choices that will protect the reefs.
Chitallic
Chitallic - 4 years ago
I would agree of half of that wasn't complete bull. Further research shows a lot of what we thought to be true isn't.
Geraldine Canales
Geraldine Canales - 5 years ago
but its cute
Geraldine Canales
Geraldine Canales - 5 years ago
her voice sounds funny
Space Spector
Space Spector - 5 years ago
it is good
Space Spector
Space Spector - 5 years ago
this is an educated vid
Landon Playz22
Landon Playz22 - 5 years ago
Cool vid
Duppsy Daisy
Duppsy Daisy - 5 years ago
Who is speaking in this video? Very familiar voice!
Duppsy Daisy
Duppsy Daisy - 5 years ago
Awesome thanks for the response! I'll check it out!
Lisa Ashdowne
Lisa Ashdowne - 5 years ago
I think this is Stin - she does fantastic mediation tracks on her website
Madeline Collier
Madeline Collier - 5 years ago
I love the sea
Javier Esnayra
Javier Esnayra - 5 years ago
the video was really good and awesome and my favorite animal is the sea turtle. yazzy
KidsPlanet
KidsPlanet - 5 years ago
We watch your vids every day:)
Timothe Montgomery
Timothe Montgomery - 5 years ago
dislike it was boring
Megan Ewing
Megan Ewing - 5 years ago
Like
Uborpriest
Uborpriest - 5 years ago
ATHENE BEST PALADIN IN THE WORLD
Franklin Michael
Franklin Michael - 5 years ago
Help save the coral reefs by adopting a coral:

https://www.coralguardian.org/en/coral-reef-conservation/
Afghan Pashton
Afghan Pashton - 5 years ago
Wow! That's cool!
Kaylee Titer
Kaylee Titer - 5 years ago
this was good
Ben C
Ben C - 5 years ago
How do you explain the sand on the beach of my lake?
sydney dowling
sydney dowling - 5 years ago
also sand is mostly fish poop
Ben Wall
Ben Wall - 5 years ago
+Free School sand is also a whole bunch of small pebbles. That explains sand in areas like lakes and rivers.
Free School
Free School - 5 years ago
+Ben C There are different types of sand. One of the most common types is formed by eroding quartz! Parrotfish create soft white sand from coral skeletons. I doubt the sand on the beach of your lake is made of coral fragments unless it was shipped in.
ScarScythe Unknown
ScarScythe Unknown - 5 years ago
AMAZING THANK U SO MUCH FINALLY I CAN GET ANSWERS FOR MY HOMEWORK THIS HELPS :D
makame ali
makame ali - 5 years ago
well planing video
QuarantineZ
QuarantineZ - 5 years ago
CARL! CORAL! KORL?!
Madeline Wu
Madeline Wu - 5 years ago
Wow, I never knew that coral is an animal!
Richelle Agustin
Richelle Agustin - 5 years ago
Thanks I Needed To Do A Project About Biomes :P
Tonya Meadows
Tonya Meadows - 5 years ago
Fantastic job on the video. Loved everything about it. We used it in our homeschool. It was a good supplement to the Coral Reefs section in the Harcourt Science 4th grade textbook (p. B30-B31). Thanks for making it available. :) ~Happy Mom and Grossed Out Daughter (LOL)
Metusalem979
Metusalem979 - 5 years ago
I'm 27 and found this as exciting as a kid
liyaah85
liyaah85 - 4 years ago
haha I was about to comment the exact same thing!! 27 here and loved the video
Luke Papaspyrou
Luke Papaspyrou - 5 years ago
+Metusalem979 same
Rachana Thap
Rachana Thap - 5 years ago
what does polyps mean?
Ngoc Hoa Nguyen
Ngoc Hoa Nguyen - 5 years ago
+Rachana Thap polyp is a small and simple sea creature, its body looks like a tube
Doris Smith
Doris Smith - 5 years ago
im a little girl in 2nd grade this is so cool. are the coral reefs actually alive?
Richelle Agustin
Richelle Agustin - 5 years ago
+Doris Smith wow I'm in grade :P
Free School
Free School - 5 years ago
+Doris Smith Yes, the outside of coral reefs are alive, covered in little animals (polyps). The inside is just stone, leftover from old coral. The reef gradually grows bigger and bigger, with living coral polyps always on the outside.
Diesel Nuke
Diesel Nuke - 5 years ago
who plays animal jam
central medical center
central medical center - 6 years ago
excellent video. educational and fun.
kenneth nambou
kenneth nambou - 6 years ago
cool and we are learint coral reef william wirt middle school. thank you
James Barth
James Barth - 6 years ago
thanks for helping me with my project!!
Mark Tyree
Mark Tyree - 6 years ago
Just so you know i am a little girl in 4th grade, my reading teacher did this, and i am not lying she did this EXACT video i saw the title
ScarScythe Unknown
ScarScythe Unknown - 5 years ago
Wow I am in 5th grade and my science teacher posted it in her ItunesU wow :/
aryan owais
aryan owais - 6 years ago
im also in 4th grade and this one of the videoswe watchedfor the our imformation report writing test



lolololololololol
Daniel Hower
Daniel Hower - 6 years ago
brilliant! many thanks for this video. This contains a lot of information and no nonsense. The music is in the background, the speaker speaks very clearly and it is just 10 minutes, so one might actually use it in class as it is not too long. Keep up the great work!
Virginia McKeon
Virginia McKeon - 6 years ago
good
Alice Cardoso
Alice Cardoso - 6 years ago
very well

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