[Coral-List] Coral bleaching in American Samoa

Kelley Anderson kelley at climatefoundation.org
Mon Dec 7 16:44:29 EST 2009

Hi all,

I was out in the shallows (less than .5m depth at low tide) just east of the
Pago Pago airport off of Nuuli and saw some bleaching on the dorsal portions
of the horizontal branches of *Acropora nobilis*.  This appears to be the
first signs of bleaching seen this season.  With our regular coral bleaching
surveys on hiatus while our coral ecologist is off island, I will post
another update if more bleaching is seen.

Kelley Anderson

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Kelley L. Anderson, M.Sc.
Marine Scientist
The Climate Foundation
American Samoa
"If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do
not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts?
To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent
tinkering."  Aldo Leopold

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