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Come to the Reef
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     challenging words:    seen, calcium, crabs, eggs, gills, have, reef, sharks, starfish, also, animal, bend, bold, breathe, bright, care


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Come to the Reef
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Have you seen a reef? A reef is made with stone and coral. Many animals and plants live in it. A reef is like a little world.
 
2     A reef looks strong, but it is not. Coral is formed by tiny animals. They have soft bodies. Some make hard covers for their bodies. The cover is a kind of calcium [CAL-see-um]. It is what a hen's egg shell is made of.
 
3     The corals that make the covers for their bodies are hard corals. They do not move with the water.
 
4     The other kind is the soft coral. They do not make hard covers. They bend and sway in the water.
 
5     Corals do not have their own color. They live with algae [AL-gee]. The algae give them color.
 
6     Corals need to grow in shallow water. They also need clean water.
 
7     If the water were dirty, it would cover the coral. The coral animals could not breathe. They would die.
 
8     Other animals live at the reef, too. Did you know that the sponge is an animal?
 
9     Reef fish have many colors. They are often in bright, bold colors. They also come in spots and stripes. They also come in many sizes.

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