13 Feb '18, 1pm

Scientists Battle Mysterious Pathogen Destroying Coral Reefs Off Florida Coast

Scientists Battle Mysterious Pathogen Destroying Coral Reefs Off Florida Coast

Off the coast of Broward County in southeast Florida, a 330-year-old coral colony has withered in the water thanks to a mysterious pathogen. At the height of its health, this slow-growing variety of coral, known as mountainous star, looked like a car-size brown mushroom cap scored by ridges and valleys and colored with splashes of fluorescent green. Today the countless minuscule sea-anemone-like polyps that form the colony have turned white and died, laying bare the skeletal structure below. A centuries-old mountainous star coral colony Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary / NOAA / Schmahl Corals all along Florida's southeastern shore are succumbing to the same disease. In fact, more than half of the state's Coral Reef Tract —an area 175 miles long and covering more than 100,000 acres—has been infected. It's a rapid change in circumstance that has experts concerne...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/coral-reefs-florida-2534451406.html

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