This post is amazing, especially the last paragraph. The first I saw of the horrors occurring on the Great Barrier Reef (and all coral reefs around the globe) was on a BBC Earth special. We all need to take what is going on in our oceans very seriously and work to restore and reverse the negative impact we’ve had.
Millennial writer Nichole Flores writes:
Netflix’s documentary “Chasing Coral” (2017) recounts the journey of a team of coral scientists determined to unveil a problem hidden beneath the surface of the global climate change debate: the bleaching—and eventual death—of vast stretches of the world’s coral reefs, including the vibrantly captivating and economically crucial ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Oceans have already reached levels of warming that threaten the survival of the coral. Coral responds to a temperature fluctuation of even 2 degrees Celsius by expelling the algae grown within their body tissues, losing their characteristic resplendent colors. The coral skeleton turns ghostly white, a sign that the coral animal is on the verge of death. Once an uncommon occurrence, the number of bleaching events has spiked in the past 30 years as oceans have continued to warm….
The passion for coral at the heart of this documentary…
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