Murky waters help save corals in the short term

 

This was a report on a new study by scientists from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, NUS and NParks, which has found that murky waters could reduce the impact of sea temperature rises on corals - though only in the short term. This could explain why corals growing in shallow areas here survived two major bleaching incidents in 1998 and 2010. Professor Chou Loke Ming, Adjunct Research Professor from the Tropical Marine Science Institute at NUS, who was on the team that did the study, warned that in the long run, murky waters could do the corals more harm than good. He highlighted that overall, turbid waters interfere with the filter feeding of corals and reduce the sunlight energy required by the symbiotic algae. The study was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.

 

Source : The Straits Times (Friday, 13 January 2017)

 

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