Coral Bleaching in the Keys
Prof Alan E Strong
strong at nadn.navy.mil
Fri Aug 8 18:53:59 EDT 1997
I am not surprised to hear of bleaching in the Keys....we just announced
from observations on our NOAA/NESDIS HotSpot product that extremely high
temps [SSTs] were developing this past week...possibly over some of the
Bahamas as well.
You can link to this experimental product from URL below:
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Thru experimental products...and coral reefs...
Let us know what you think....the next update is 8/9/97 [Sat]
NOAA/NESDIS/ORA/ORAD & US Naval Academy
On 8 Aug 1997, Causey, B. wrote:
> Greetings to Coral Listers:
> I apologize up front for a widely broadcasted message, but the problem we have
> observed may become wide spread in geographical scope.
> While diving in the inshore waters of the Florida Keys over the past two days
> (August 6 & 7), I have observed scattered bleaching of many species of head
> corals. Some of the colonies are partially bleached while others are
> extremely mottled or blotched. Small colonies are often entirely bleached.
> The inshore water temperature is very warm..... and we will be reporting the
> exact temperatures at a later posting.
> Additionally, I just got off the telephone with Captain Bill Wickers, a past
> member of our Sanctuary Advisory Council and a local native (Conch), who
> reported extensive bleaching to large coral heads in the Gulf of Mexico area
> of the Keys. He was diving in Boca Grande Channel, between Boca Grande Key
> and the Marquesas Keys, to the north or on the Gulf side of the Keys in the
> channel. He observed large coral heads that were bleached to varying degrees.
> He said the small colonies were completely bleached and the larger colonies
> varied from mottled to heavily bleached. He said the problem is wide spread
> in the area. Captain Wickers is a reliable source of information and an
> excellent source for personal observations.
> I will keep you posted as new observations are recorded. Billy
> Billy Causey, Sanctuary Superintendent
> Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
> P.O. Box 500368
> Marathon, FL 33050
> 305.743.2357 fax
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