This week I am at the letter C and I decided early on in my A-Z of endangered species that C was going to be one of the most beautiful things on the planet, Coral.
Coral reefs can be found all around the world, the most famous being the great barrier reef off the eastern coast of Australia, this stretches for nearly 1500 miles and is made up of 100os of smaller reefs . Coral is actually a calcium skeleton formed by millions of tiny marine invertebrate of which there are over 4500 different types.
In my sculpture I feature 2 different types of coral, in the background you can see some Sea Fan coral, These are anchored into the seabed and reach up into the strong ocean currents helping the coral to catch plankton for its food.
In the foreground I have made some Great star Coral, these can form massive domes up to 1.5 metres across.
Corals all around the world are really in trouble from many different threats from rising sea levels to pollution and much more, 22 coral species have been added to the official endangered species list in the past few years and I imagine more will be added in the near future. There are plenty of ways to help save these amazing corals, check out the list here – http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/habitats/coralreefs/ways-to-help-coral-reefs/
My main focus of this project is to bring awareness to the many species under threat and one way you can help is to share this post and any of the others from my A-Z series.
If you would like to make a donation towards the WWF-UK then I have set up a Just giving donations page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies
100% of the monies raised on the Just Giving page will go directly to the WWF-UK
Next week for the letter D I am featuring my first reptile of the series.