[Coral-List] Coral bleaching observation: Dubai, Arabian/Persian Gulf
riskmj at univmail.cis.mcmaster.ca
Fri Aug 15 08:44:11 EDT 2008
I just got back from Iranian side of the Persian Gulf-the
Asaluyeh/Nyband Bay region. Air temps 40, sea temps 35. (Email me
privately if you want comments on the joys of doing field work under
We observed corals at depths from 4-15m. No corals, at any depths, were
bleached. Gives perhaps some relevance to the term "resilience."
BTW, those mostly undescribed reefs had coral cover of approx
30%-higher than the Florida Keys.
On Fri, 15 Aug 2008 15:55:27 +0400
"John Burt" <John.Burt at zu.ac.ae> wrote:
> Coral bleaching has been observed at several reefs and breakwaters in
> Dubai, UAE in the past week. Species primarily affected include
> Acropora downingi, Porites lutea, P. lobata, Cyphastrea micropthalma,
> and Turbinaria reniformes. Most bleaching is restricted to depths
> less than 4 m.
> Similar observations were reported last here year, and most bleached
> colonies in permanent quadrats recovered 'normal' appearance within
> one month during that event.
> John Burt
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