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Coral Reef Cam Shows Where Large Fish Hang Out

Coral Reef Cam Shows Where Large Fish Hang Out

© Photo courtesy of James Kerry. Gimme shelter. That's what fish need, in part, when it comes to coping with climate change. These pics, from scientists in Australia, show what type of habitat that large reef fish prefer ... and depend on to survive. They come from an underwater camera installed by researchers with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University . The research, on the preferences of sweetlips , coral trout, and snappers, found that the big fish prefer to take shelter under large, flat table corals, as opposed to branching or massive corals. The study looked at 17 locations around Lizard Island on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. “The importance of this finding is that table corals are among the types most vulnerable to climate change,” says Professor David Bellwood , who worked on the study with PhD student James Ke...

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