Chris van Assen (WWF, left) gives an explanation about the corals in the tank (photo: T. Wijgerde).
The item in ZappLive of 11 March related to the Ranger campaign 'Healthy coral? Help all!' of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The campaign calls attention to the coral reefs of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Since 2010 these Caribbean islands belong to the Netherlands. WWF makes an effort to protect the beautiful underwater nature of this tropical part of the Netherlands.
Coral tank in the studio (photo: T. Wijgerde).
The television programme ZappLive wanted to show the children the beauty of living corals. Of course the corals were not captured from the wild. The corals in the tank were cultured specimen and are used for scientific research. Thanks to the good relation of Blue Linked with coral scientist Tim Wijgerde (Coral Publications) and Wageningen University, it was possible to borrow the corals for the television programme.
From left to right: Michaël Laterveer (Blue Linked), Tim Wijgerde (Coral Publications), Chris van Assen (WWF).
The tank in the studio showed a composition of different coral species, demonstrating the colourful beauty of the coral reef. WWF campaign leader Chris van Assen answered typical children's questions, such as: are corals actually plants or animals, and do corals have a hart?