Oct 8, 2015

Record warm oceans are causing the third-ever global coral bleaching event

Kiribati
by
Andrew Freedman
,
Mashable
A marine biologist inspects a heavily bleached coral in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in October 2014. Image: XL CATLIN SEAVIEW SURVEY
A marine biologist inspects a heavily bleached coral in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in October 2014. Image: XL CATLIN SEAVIEW SURVEY

"This is only the third time we’ve seen a global-scale bleaching event,” said Mark Eakin, NOAA coral reef watch coordinator..."You have an already warm ocean, you toss an El Niño on top of it, plus you toss the warm water mass known as 'The Blob,'...Really all are conspiring, I don’t have any really good analysis of the percent contribution of each, but all are very important.”