Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park: Tubbataha Reef is an atoll coral reef placed in the Sulu Sea of the Philippines. It is a marine sanctuary protected as Tubbataha Reef National aquatic Park. It is nominated at the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Fauna species noticed include manta rays, lionfish, tortoise, clownfish, & sharks. The seemingly diverse ecosystem of this sanctuary rivals the Great Barrier Reef – having 350 coral species & 500 fish species.
The reef at Beatrice Rock is prized by underwater photographers for its Technicolor riot of corals and mobs of schooling anthias. The site — off the Anilao region on the Luzon coast — offers a pinnacle, a series of drop-offs and spectacular viz.
Coral reefs are among Earth’s richest ecosystems. Animals called coral polyps build calcium carbonate skeletons. Over years the skeletons build into large structures that provide refuge, homes, and food for many other species. (Andrey Armyagov / Shutterstock)