Bleaching - GofMex & Keys?

Alina Szmant aszmant at
Tue Aug 4 21:08:17 EDT 1998

Water temperatures inshore in the upper Florida Keys have been over 32 oC
while on the offshore reefs they've been ca. 30.5 oC.  There is severe
bleaching (white as a sheet) on the inshore patch reefs (The Rocks ca. 90 %
bleached except for Siderastrea, Hens and Chickens ca. 50 %), while the
offshore reefs have very little or no bleaching.   Bleaching of the inshore
corals began in mid-June and I expect some of these to die.

Dr. Alina M. Szmant
Coral Reef Research Group
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Cswy.
Miami FL 33149

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