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Bent Sea Rod Bleaching | by U.S. Geological Survey
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Bent Sea Rod Bleaching

A colony of the soft coral known as the "bent sea rod" stands bleached on a reef off of Islamorada, Florida. Hard and soft corals are presently bleaching- losing their symbiotic algae – all over the coral reefs of the Florida Keys due to unusually warm ocean temperatures this summer. Months with waters warmer than 85 F have become more frequent in the last several decades compared to a century ago, stressing and in some cases killing corals when temperatures remain high for too long.

 

Learn more about the details and read the study at on.doi.gov/BentSeaCorals

 

Photo credit: Kelsey Roberts, USGS.

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Taken on September 10, 2014