Re: Bonaire Trip Report and Coral Bleaching

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Posted by Nate D on October 26, 2005 at 11:30:08:

In Reply to: Bonaire Trip Report and Coral Bleaching posted by Cynde on October 26, 2005 at 00:21:20:

Do you have any more pics of the corals? By the looks of the Montipora in the picture it is worse than just bleaching.. That coral has lost tissue and the white spots are dead.. Usually when tissue is lost the whole coral head dies.. Bleaching is an expulsion of the the corals pigment that lies in the zoozanthellae (photosynthic) cells of the coral.

Kind of sad to see this happening in real life, not just my aquaculture farm..

A few questions.. Did you notice most corals like this with white "patches" or was it more a dulling of the colors in the corals?
And you said that it was mostly soft corals.. do you happen to know what the the most common coral was that was effected?

Thank you for your time.. I am kind of a coral nerd and I like to keep track of these kind of things..

Nate D

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