Good News On The Coral Bleaching Front

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Good news on the coral bleaching front
27th June 2017

By Sandra Pearce

A new study has revealed that some corals are adapting to warming ocean waters, potentially good news in the face of reports of global coral die-offs due to the extreme warm temperatures last year.

The study appears in the latest issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.

The study, in two marine national parks of Kenya, looked at responses to extreme temperature exposures over time and found less coral bleaching in 11 of the 21 coral species studied.

Bleaching takes place when stressed corals discharge beneficial algae, causing them to turn pale or white and often starve. Worldwide, an estimated 60% of corals and 90% of coral species experienced bleaching due to last year’s unusually warm ocean water.