Ocean Habitats

Step 2: Learn about 2 habitats in the sunlight zone.


Most familiar ocean habitats are in the sunlit zone. When you walk from the beach into the ocean, you are walking into a sunlit ocean habitat. Depending on where you are in the world, a sunlit ocean habitat can be so shallow you can stand in it, or deep enough to need scuba gear to explore.  It can be cold or warm, and the water can be  murky or clear.  The waves and currents could be fast moving or the water can be tranquil and quiet. Today you are going to compare two different  ocean habitats in the sunlight zone: a kelp forest and a coral reef. Each one has unique plants and animals.

  1. Your teacher will provide you with an organizer. Take notes while you complete steps 2, 3, and 4.
  2. Read about coral reefs  and a kelp forests .
  3. Watch the videos
  4. Complete the organizer!


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  • Kelp Forests
    Description: Click on the word "Forests" on the left hand side.

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