Bleaching in Bermuda

robbie at robbie at
Thu Aug 17 12:07:51 EDT 2000

Dear Listers,
I just wanted to inform everyone that we are seeing signs of bleaching in
the Northern outer reef zones from 5 to 20 m depth. Millepora alcicornis,
Montastraea franksii and Meandrina meandrites are the species most affected
so far, generally pale or patchily bleached. I estimate that about 20 % of
the colonies of each species at the site visited to date are showing signs
of bleaching. SSTs have been around 29 oC since late July.


Struan Robertson Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist
Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Inc.
Ferry Reach GE01 Bermuda

Tel: 441 297 1880 ext. 240
Fax: 441 297 8143

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