I read an online BBC report this morning about Coral Bleaching. I have to admit that until recently I had never really known anything about the subject. The video above though will quickly explain all you need to know.
The point about Coral Bleaching is that it is caused by a rise in the ocean temperature. Corals are invertebrate animals that form vast colonies and have a skeletal outer covering. They may look like plants but they are animals and there are huge numbers of different corals. They become a home for many of the algae that live in the ocean and this algae is what gives the corals and the subsequent huge reefs that they form their distinctive colours.
To get some idea of the beauty and immensity of the great Australian Coral Reef look at the video below which was made to explain about the subject to children. I defy any adult not to be awed by the sheer beauty of the great reef.
Coral Bleaching will mean that vast areas of the Reef will lose its colour and any future rise in the ocean’s temperature can lead to the corals dying.
My point in writing this post is that the rise in the sea’s temperature is yet more proof that we are in a period of global warming. As I read the report from the BBC I wondered how President Trump and his senior climate-change deniers would explain this one away!
The saddest thing about it all is that we may already have passed the point where future generations will only have our videos or pictures to know just how incredible the Reef was.
I titled this post, “Coral Bleaching: What It Should Mean To Us” and I will conclude by saying that the bleaching and possible death of one of the great natural wonders of our beautiful planet is just a part of a much wider concern that global warming represents to everyone on Earth.
Despite the climate warming deniers there is already massive damage to life in our oceans. There are huge implications in a rise of the sea level worldwide for so many of us who live (as humans love to do) near the seashore.
Denying what is already happening will not make it go away. The children who the video above was made for would understand that, it seems that President Trump and many of his followers cannot.