19 October, 2017Tweet Coral Bleaching
Coral Bleaching threatens much of our fragile coral reefs around the world. In 1998, sea-temperature warming caused extensive coral bleaching in the Maldives. As a result, almost two thirds of coral reefs died.
Again, in May of 2016, the coral reefs of the Maldives experienced a severe bleaching incident. The surface water temperatures reached an all-time high in at 31 degrees Celsius in May 2016. Consequently, over 95% of coral around the islands died.
Scientist Azeez Hakim stated:
“before 1998, we never thought that this reef would die. We had always taken for granted that these animals would be there, that this reef would be there…