Coral - Relation To Humans

Relation To Humans

Local economies near major coral reefs benefit from an abundance of fish and other marine creatures as a food source. Reefs also provide recreational scuba diving and snorkeling tourism. These activities can damage coral.

In medicine, chemical compounds from corals are used for cancer, AIDS, pain, and other uses. Coral skeletons, e.g., Isididae are also used for bone grafting in humans.

Live coral is highly sought after for aquaria. Soft corals are easier to maintain in captivity than hard corals.

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