Sandin: The reefs provide us a lot of different benefits. Coral reefs are for a lot of tropical countries, which frequently are less wealthy nations, provide a huge amount of protein via fishing.
Narrator: Aside from their aesthetic beauty, coral reefs also serve as a physical land break.
Sandin: Most recently during the tsunami that hit Indonesia , there were areas that had coral reefs in front of them were protected and didn't suffer as much damage. With the climate changing the way it is right now, it's certainly nice to have any sort of buffer from these increased frequency big weather events that are happening.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.