We have noticed the usual colours draining from our beautiful corals over the last few weeks. This phenomenon is known as Coral Bleaching, and is caused by excessive stressful conditions in the seawater. We have been collecting data to document this event, but before we share our findings, we wanted to help our readers to understand coral bleaching and why it is happening. To do this we must first understand what coral really is…
|Tiny coral animals live together in colonies|
|Some resistant or shaded corals evade bleaching...|
|...Others bleach bright white|
|Acropora nasuta is almost fluorescent in a bleached state|
|The beautiful greens and purples are natural pigments usually |
hidden by the zooxanthellae
In 1998, the previous El Nino event was responsible for the loss of an estimated 80% of the coral in the Maldives! This current event is expected to be worse, where this hot weather will likely continue through until May. If this happens it could take between 10-15 years for many reefs to make any kind of recovery. El Nino events are increasing in severity and frequency- this is a direct cause of anthropogenic Climate Change. If the Maldives loses its reefs, it will lose its fisheries, its tourism and eventually its islands. These reefs are intrinsically linked to Maldivian survival- don't sit by and watch. Do your bit to help the planet. it is so important for us to try and reduce our carbon footprint, both as individuals and within our businesses! Help the planet and our coral reefs (and also your wallet) by saving energy, streaming for renewables, and reducing emissions!