Coral Bleaching at Palolo Deep

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Fri Mar 6 13:50:37 EST 1998

Please respond to Mike King (mking at or to coral-list:

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Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 13:20:18 -1100
From: Mike King <mking at>
Subject: Coral Bleaching

A survey at Palolo Deep (a National Marine Park near Apia, Western Samoa)
on 28 February revealed severe coral bleaching. Between 60 to 70% of all
staghorn Acopora on the reef top was bleached. This has occurred with
amazing rapidity (over a period of 5-6 days). In deeper water, all seemed

Do you have any information on the El Nino driven plug of warm water
extending over the Pacific?

Best wishes,  Mike King.

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