Image of the Day: Beyond the Pale
Image of the Day: Beyond the Pale

Image of the Day: Beyond the Pale

Both deep and shallow reefs are prone to bleaching, concludes a new study.

Sukanya Charuchandra
Sukanya Charuchandra

Originally from Mumbai, Sukanya Charuchandra is a freelance science writer based out of wherever her travels take her. She holds master’s degrees in Science Journalism and Biotechnology. You can read...

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Sep 5, 2018

ABOVE: A school of fish swims over a colony of paling staghorn corals in a shallow reef.

Deep coral reefs at nine sites within the Great Barrier Reef are 40 percent bleached, while shallower reefs are up to 69 percent bleached due to a 2016 coral-bleaching event, according to a study published yesterday (September 4) in Nature Communications. Anywhere from 8 percent to 12 percent of shallow reefs and 6 percent of deep reefs are dead, indicating that no depth is safe from the effects of bleaching.

P. Frade et al., “Deep reefs of the Great Barrier Reef offer limited thermal refuge during mass coral bleaching,” Nat Commun, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-05741-0, 2018.

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