any other signs of bleaching in the Caribbean?

Erich Mueller emueller at
Mon Jun 3 11:56:07 EDT 2002


I was next door at Little Cayman (Bloody Bay Wall) at the same time. I did
not look at any shallow sites; all were 15-30 m. Siderastrea siderea were
commonly paled and a number of Agaricia lamarcki under ledges had blotchy
bleaching. Temperatures according to my dive computer were about 27 C.

Also noticed some white plague affecting ten host species on virtually
every dive. The lesions were generally small indicating recent initiation
and/or slow progression speed.



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