Super corals might just hold the key to create a reef ready to take on the future.
These corals have proven to survive rising water temperatures and bleaching events in the ocean, and should go on to spawn.
LEARN ABOUT CORAL REEFS
of marine life call coral reefs their home, while covering less than 1% of the ocean floor.
of the oxygen we breathe comes from ocean organisms such as the symbiotic algae living inside corals.
people worldwide directly rely on the reef for food, income, coastal protection, and more.
is generated each year by tourism directly related to coral reefs.
BUT CORALS ARE IN DANGER
RISING WATER TEMPERATURE
When the seawater temperature rises, it upsets the symbiosis between the coral polyp and the algae that nourishes it. Just like when you get a fever, the polyp fights back by expelling the algae, leaving the coral deprived from its main source of food. The coral slowly starves and turns white as a result, exposing its bright mineral skeleton. Not all is lost: if the water temperature gets back to normal, the coral can survive. If not, it will die. The warmer our climate gets, the more stressed our coral reefs become, and ultimately disappear forever.
The ocean absorbs approximately 30% of the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The more CO2 released into the atmosphere the more acidic the ocean becomes in its effort to regulate Earth’s temperature. The rising acidity of the ocean makes it harder for the corals and other marine organisms to properly build their calcium carbonate skeletons, putting the entire marine ecosystem at risk.