Not exactly the picture of vibrant reef…

Distressing

Meet a reef under stress, bleached and covered with brown algae. The reasons are varied and uncertain, but all have a central element: man.

The condition of this section of Minerva’s Ledge is likely due to some combination of warming waters, acidification and nutrient runoff. All three stress the ecosystem and the coral and favor the algae that is now killing the reef.

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Sea star vs. algae

Hey buddy

Thanks to any number of pressures on the ocean (warming seas, acidification, ag runoff), reefs are fighting a loosing battle against algae more and more. This from South Button, featuring a lovely sea star toughing it out.

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