The answer is F*CK YES.
The heading is quoted from documentary "Chasing Corals", What a powerful statement.
Today I had a great conversation with Kanda Schueller (Instagram: @Kandasaurus_rex), the artist of this beautiful painting in relation to the stigma sharks face and also attention of coral bleaching next to beautiful blooming colours to make it more relatable. But to me, a coral reef is an underwater city/forest. And this city is burning (bleaching) in front of our very eyes due to water temperatures rising.
Contrary? I agree. So, why can't humans realise the importance of the above 2 marine animals? we DO need sharks to survive as they are a large part of our eco system and we DO need reefs ALIVE. The oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth's water. Less than 1 percent of the Earth's water is fresh water, and 2-3 percent is contained in glaciers and ice caps. The oceans contain 99 percent of the living space on the planet.
Does that ring alarm bells?