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06/12/2016

Bleached Coral in Hawaii, 2016

Bleached Coral in Hawaii, 2016

Last week we spoke to Kasia Molga about her upcoming project ‘Coral Love Stories’ and her visit to The Deep aquarium in Hull. It is no coincidence Kasia’s coral focused project comes at a critical time for coral; the world’s largest coral reef has experienced its biggest ‘die-off’ in recorded history.

Coral are particularly sensitive to a changing environment and rising ocean temperatures have caused a large scale breakdown of the symbiotic relationship with the algae in their living tissue. The loss of this algae means the coral looses a vital source of food which in turn causes a ‘bleaching’ of the coral.

Coral bleaching in Okinawa, Japan, 2016

Coral bleaching in Okinawa, Japan, 2016

Around the globe: Hawaii, Japan & Australia for example reefs are unable to cope with these prolonged peak temperatures stimulated by global increase in temperature, of which 93% is absorbed by the oceans . Corals account for 25% of of marine life despite only occupying 0.1% of the ocean floor. They are particularly rich areas of biodiversity, depended upon by marine life but also the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people in coastal communities across the globe.

For in depth discussion and research on this topic we’ve picked out these two articles from:

Vox

Nature.org

 

 

 

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