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Experience coral farming in Kunigami Village, Okinawa!

I was asked which one of the following were corals… and I didn’t know 🤔

1) Animals
2) Plants
3) Minerals

Leaving the answer for last, I had the opportunity to experience coral farming in Kunigami Village, Okinawa.

The coral population is decreasing each year.
Humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels is causing the earth to warm. As sea temperatures rise, corals bleach and die out… 😞
The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, has lost half of its corals since 1995.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) predicts that coral reefs will die out by 2034 if the international community continues to rely on fossil fuels.

A quarter of all marine life makes corals its home, and their extinction would eliminate the majority of marine life. Corals also absorb carbon dioxide, retaining as much of it as a tropical rainforest.
If corals go extinct, fish will disappear and the ocean will die. It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of the earth depends on corals.

So, this time, we gathered at Hentona Fishing Port in Kunigami Village to learn about coral farming!
First, I learned some basic facts about corals on the boat with the children, and then we experienced coral farming. We gently broke off the corals and tied them tightly to stones. We then took a five-minute boat ride to a coral farm, where a diver planted the corals on the sea floor. We snorkeled together and observed the process.

I hope this helps increase the coral population. Corals are often damaged not only by global warming, but also by people, due to the diving boom. Let’s be careful.

《Answer》 So, what are corals?
They are animals!

Corals branch out like trees and look like plants, but they are actually animals.
Just like sea anemones and jellyfish, they are classified as Cnidaria (Coelenterata).
*For inquiries about the Kunigami Coral Farming Project, reach out via the following contact details.