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The coastal oceans of the world, while amazingly diverse, are also fairly similar. Because these zones are close to land, there are certain related plants and animals that have adapted to these conditions, and are likely to be found around the globe.

This zone is also one of the most important for humans. While they cover only a very small percentage of total ocean body, they harbor most of the seafood caught for human consumption.

Coastal Oceans include many other habitat types not covered in this "temperate" ocean video. These include waters around coral reefs, and mangrove habitats - both found only in tropical waters. Kelp forests are another major habitat type found in coastal oceans.

In this video we highlighted three species found in swedish temperate coastal oceans. However, it is important to realize there are many different types of animals in coastal oceans around the world. To expand on this point here are the current estimates for but a few of the species found in the coastal oceans.

  • Fish species worldwide: 28,000
  • Cnidarians (seapens/Jellyfish/corals) worldwide: 11,000
  • Crustaceans worldwide: 52,000

 

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