Info: Live streaming webcam showing fish and marine life in the Philippine Coral Reef Exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. The Philippine Coral Reef tank is 25 feet deep and is one of the deepest and largest displays of living coral in the world. Under the surface, thousands of fish mingle with eels, anemones, starfish, and coral, givingsome of the most dramatic underwater views available without diving.
The Philippines has around 25,000 square kilometers of reef systems. It is home to 505 coral species and 915 reef fish species and is the third most coral rich country after Indonesia and Australia. Apo Reef Natural Park is the largest reef in the Philippines and the second largest contiguous coral reef in the world. The reef is home to tremendous coral diversity as well as numerous species of fish and marine mammals such as the dugong.
Each individual coral is referred to as a polyp. Coral polyps live on the calcium carbonate exoskeletons of their ancestors, adding their own exoskeleton to the existing coral structure. As the centuries pass, the coral reef gradually grows, one tiny exoskeleton at a time, until they become massive features of the marine environment. Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth, rivalled only by tropical rain forests