1. New York Times: Great Barrier Reef – Huge Sections Are Dead
Scientists have found that hundreds of miles of the northern portion of the Great Barrier Reef are now dead, with southern portions currently bleaching. This level of destruction to the Great Barrier Reef was not expected for at least another thirty years. This phenomenon has been attributed to accelerated climate change.
The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site which by definition is: a site of “outstanding universal value” designated by UNESCO so that future generations may enjoy them as we do now.
2. Endangered Giant Devil Rays Killed
3. Cruise Ship Damages Coral Reef Site in Indonesia
The ship “damaged approximately 1,600 square meters of coral at a diving site known as Crossover Reef.” The government hopes to be compensated $800-1200 per square meter for the damage the ship caused, but the reef will take hundreds of years to recover.
4. Vancouver Park Board Votes to Ban Captive Cetaceans
In a unanimous vote, the Vancouver Park Board banned captive cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium. Last November two beluga whales died at the center.
The Aquarium currently houses a harbor porpoise, a Pacific white-sided dolphin, and a false killer whale. Vancouver Aquarium had plans to end cetacean captivity by 2029.
5. Some Corals May Survive Climate Change
The corals in the study may not be immune to all the effects of climate change, but they may be less vulnerable than other corals.
6. SCUBA Diving – No Lasting Behavioral Effects on Reef Sharks
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