Monday, May 7, 2007

Famous Caymans Coral Reefs Dying, Scientists Say

I'm very fond of snorkeling and protecting our marine environments too. Just yesterday we took the boat out to the waters just off Sanibel, by the lighthouse. I hope to be able to take my own picture of the reef someday soon!
Schools of stingrays were swimming by, dolphins were curiously swimming by. A tourist jumped into the water to swim with them.

I've snorkeled in the great barrier reef off the coast of Australia just the memory is still breathtaking!
I'm just reading this article today about the reefs in the Caymans and it's worrying me quite a bit. I've seen a few documentaries about our reef's health and the white ashy look is starting to take over. It's sad. I hope we can do something about it fast!

Exerpts from the article:

Ranked among the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world, the reef system of the western Caribbean territory has lost 50 percent of its hard corals in the last 10 years in spite of strong environmental laws, scientists say.

.......Global warming is heating sea water, which leads to coral bleaching, an ailment that causes normally colorful corals to turn white, and white plague, a disease sweeping and killing coral around the world.

......"If the coral reef dies, the algae will go, and the tropical fish will go. Then there will be nothing left to see," says Nancy Easterbrook, operator of Divetech.
Manfrino said hope is not lost.
"We can't give up," she said. "Science is always coming up with major discoveries, so we may find a way to save our reefs."

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