any other signs of bleaching in the Caribbean?

Alina M. Szmant szmanta at
Tue May 28 16:06:46 EDT 2002

Hello Carolina and others:

Two weeks ago in the Dry Tortugas we observed bleaching of Palythoa (very
white) and moderate bleaching of some Montastraea faveolata type, Porites
(astreoides and porites), Acropora cervicornis, and Agaricia.  Percent of
colonies bleached was still low.  Bleached colonies were observed in both
shallow water (couple of meters deep) as well as down to 20+ meters.

Water temperatures started to warm up very early this spring in Florida (26
oC by late April; usually not until late May or June), and I fear a bad
bleaching year.

Alina Szmant

At 11:03 AM 05/27/2002 -0400, Carolina Bastidas wrote:

> Dear coral-listers,
> Within the last two weeks we observed one third of the coral colonies pale
> and bleached at the venezuelan CARICOMP site of Parque Nacional Morrocoy.
> Affected colonies included species of Montrastea, Colpophyllia and Porites
> - the dominant genera in the area - between 4 and 12 meters depth.
> We were wondering if those observations could correspond to early signs of
> a widespread bleaching in the Caribbean or some localized phenomena. Any
> other observation?
> Thanks,
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> Carolina Bastidas
> Depto. de Biología de Organismos
> Universidad Simón Bolívar
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> Venezuela
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