Is Coral A Living Organism?

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Is Coral A Living Organism?

Is corala livingorganism?

Coral can reproduce both asexually and sexually. When reproducing asexually, they release small, cloned buds named polyps. This occurs when the coral achieves a certain size and the cell splits itself in half. This process is everlasting through out the organism's life.

"Corals." NOAA National Ocean Service Education:. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Aug. 2014.

When coral is growing, they grow around the dead layer of cells that was a previous piece of coral very normally. Coral reefs are just tons of living coral on top of dead coral. Coral then goes through a maturing process and grows in size before it can reproduce, showing the living characteristic of growth.

2. Does it grow and develop?

4. Does it reproduce?

"Coral." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Aug. 2014. Web. 25 Aug. 2014.

Coral does, indeed, have DNA like all other living things. When reproducing asexually, the DNA is cloned from one coral to recreate the same kind but there are thought to be about 70,000 different kinds of coral in the ocean so the DNA can most certainly be unique and vary depending on reproduction methods.

"Coral." (Anthozoa). N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Aug. 2014.

1. Does it have DNA?

Coral evolves just like any other living specimen, reacting to it's environment and finding ways to keep it alive longer. There are many kinds of coral, some having developed spiny little spikes to keep away predators and parasites while others have developed ways to attract fish to them.

3. Does it evolve?

"Coral." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Aug. 2014. Web. 25 Aug. 2014.

Coral is able to respond to it's environment in many ways, though their systems tend to develop very slowly over extended periods of time. This can include changing their color, creating spikes on their bodies, and much more. They don't have extreme amounts of self-defense, however.

"Coral." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Aug. 2014. Web. 25 Aug. 2014.

5. Does it respond?

The answer to that is yes! Coral is considered to be a living animal!

Coral is able to keep it's internal functioning working and under-stressed. Since they are like a marine plant and thus don't move much, they don't expend energy outside of defense, growth, reproduction, and feeding itself. When the environment changes, coral tends to easily adapt over time.

"Coral." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Aug. 2014. Web. 25 Aug. 2014.

6. Is it stable internally?

Coral gets almost all of it's energy from unicellular algae that uses photosynthesis to get it's own energy. This algae lives within the coral's tissue and often coral requires shallow water with direct sunlight so that they can grow. Some coral have grown stinging tentacles to consume small marine life as well.

"Coral." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Aug. 2014. Web. 25 Aug. 2014.

7. Does it get and use energy?


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