Bonus 3: Corals are part of the overall marine ecosystem. Without the corals, it could/would be devastating to the rest of the marine life in one way or another (nevertheless including our oxygen supply).
I learned that they are based in South Florida (West Palm). As a fellow Floridian (I live in Northeast FL), I'm proud to have such an active and important coral conservationist organization here in the Sunshine State!
Why are coral reefs important? I feel like they are a litmus test for our environment and our planet's biosphere. Once we start to lose coral reefs, it kicks off a nasty chain of extinction events all over the world.
I love the idea about adopting a coral! Last year I told the guy at the Christmas tree farm he should have a section of trees to adopt. People could come decorate them each year and see how much it had grown. I would rather adopt a coral in Florida than a tree in Minnesota! Ha