Equipping children and teenagers with knowledge about corals reefs and why they are threatened may be a premise to set the foundation for the next generation of decision makers, practitioners, conservationists and environmentally conscientious citizens. "We want to spread the word how precious coral reefs are, what a wonderful underwater world they thrive in and how fragile their status is these days," says Dirk Petersen, founder and Executive Director of SECORE. "Giving coral reefs a future, the claim of our organization, includes reaching out to the young generation; the ones that will see if our joint efforts will eventually be successful." The comic magazine Coral Heroes aims at educating kids on coral reef ecology, mainly addressing ages 8 to 12 years, while having fun!
Coral Heroes is a comic magazine with two stories and additional anecdotal facts about corals. In the first colorful story, readers join the coral kids Al, Samy, Jo and Bran, as well as the unique Doc Kraken, who's wisdom leads the main characters through a journey into coral reef ecology?telling what makes a coral reef and who actually builds it, why corals can sting and why they carry algae inside their bodies. In the second story, readers will join our heroes on a mystic night dive during the night of nights: the corals' rendezvous on which they release their future offspring. Why is it so important for them to start all together at the same time and why are scuba divers there too? Readers will learn why coral reefs need our help and how coral restoration may give them a helping hand.
The award winning illustrator, Bernhard Speh, who brilliantly brought Coral Heroes into life, explored coral reefs as a diver himself: "I am enthralled by the colorful and often bizarre inhabitants of the diverse coral community. They are alive with inspirations and stories, which we just have to marvel at. The more I get to know about this spectacular and also fragile underwater world, the more fascinated I am."
Coral Heroes can be downloaded for free at http://www.
So far, an English and a German version of the comic is provided, respectively. Both can be downloaded via the links below:
- English comic: http://www.
secore. org/ site/ our-work/ detail/ coral-heroes-comic. 53. html
- German comic: http://www.
secore. org/ site/ de/ our-work/ detail/ coral-heroes-comic. 53. html