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Coral reefs are colonies of small animals, known as polyps, which release calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton on which they live. Coral reefs are found in shallow, tropical waters around the world. Living coral reefs provide homes for large numbers of marine animals – while coral reefs make up only 1 percent of the ocean’s habitat, they also include over 25 percent of its species! Students will develop an understanding of coral reefs and their conservation challenges.
Through students' visits to Atlantis, we hope to open up their minds to the physical sciences and help facilitate their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. This knowledge should lead many on the path to future careers in the sciences. We are a resource for you. Please contact us if you have any questions as you prepare your students for their Aquaventure.
All of Atlantis’ education programs and curriculums support the Science and Technology Standards and Benchmarks K-6 for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, including “Knows about the diversity and unity that characterizes life” and “Understands how species depend on one another and the environment for survival."
Atlantis, Paradise Island, strives to inspire students to learn more about the aquatic world that surrounds them in The Bahamas. Through the interactive, interdisciplinary activities in the classroom and at Atlantis, we endeavor to help students develop an understanding of the ocean and a desire to help conserve it and its wildlife.
The ocean is the most incredible and fascinating place on the planet. Grand as the gray whales who call it home, as engaging as the dolphins that ride the waves, and as intricate as the coral reefs, the beauty of the ocean is rivaled only by its inhabitants.
Coral reefs, found in shallow and tropical waters, are colonies of small animals known as polyps, which release calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton on which they live.
Sea Lions derive their name from the Latin for wing-footed, referring to the animal’s flippers. Sea lions are carnivores and belong to the group Pinnipedia, which also includes seals and walruses.
Dolphins belong to a group of marine mammals called toothed whales. The toothed whale group, or Odontoceti, includes not only dolphins but also porpoises, river dolphins, and even the sperm whale.
|Atlantis Paradise Island, has made a commitment to foster the preservation and conservation of Bahamian coral reefs through an initiative called the Atlantis Blue Project. This essential project is one that will benefit our local community, our future generations and the world through the pioneering work of this project.|