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Transcript of Coral Bleaching
In 2016 Ocean temperatures increased dramatically due to a strong El Nino. With 93% of its reefs being affected this is now known as the worst coral bleaching in history.
Before and After Coral Bleaching
Effects on other organisms
fish lose their source of food and shelter
tourist attractions lose money
fishermen lose their profit
compounds used to treat heart disease and cancer are no longer able to be extracted due to dying coral
by: Blaire Bledsoe, Ashley Wallace Marjorie Slimer, and Emily McMaster
What is Coral Bleaching?
When corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients, they expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white.
How it Happens