I recently visited the Great Barrier Reef in the northern Australia. I did three dives on various reefs and all of the dives were ‘sad’ dives. I was in the same area three years ago where everything bloomed and had lots of color and life but this time around many (most) corals were bleached or bleaching or had died already. Over the past recent year the water has been very hot and the cloud cover minimal. The type of coral living here (northern Australia) is not used to +30C at 20m depth – it is way too warm so they slowly turn white and after 12-14 weeks under this condition they simply die. And keep in mind that corals are not plants but animals.
Global warming and rising sea temperatures need to taken seriously and dealt with so wonders like the Great Barrier Reef also can be enjoyed by our children.
(Photo: TUSA dive, Cairns, Australia)