Sunday, May 23, 2010

Coral bleaching on Chaweng Beach and reef

Coral bleaching on Chaweng Beach and reef

Today I was diving on Chaweng Beach during Speciality Instructor Training (later more on this) and I noticed the coral bleaching on the reef at Chaweng's Beach.

To be honest, I was shocked, despite hearing other people already reporting about this. For me it's the first time in 10 years that I witness this around my local dive sites like in Chaweng, local reports talk about Koh Tao and Pattaya also being affected by coral bleaching!

The water temperature is really high, unusually high and this may be a big factor in the bleaching the coral endures now.



4 comments:

Haad Yao Divers said...

Same happens on Koh Phangan. Most of the corals on Haad Yao Reef are already completely white and this happened in the last 8 days.

DivingScool said...

Was diving at Koh Rang National Marine Park (Koh Chang) today. On two of the most popular sites the reef is affected for more than 70% !!! And the water is still 31c, despite some rain :-(

kuswandi kwan said...

what the bleaching means?

are the corals got white by chemical bleach un-accidentaly or waterpolution.

what the porpose of doing these?

Camille said...

Kuswandi,

The unusual high water temperature is a major contributing factor.

We're 3 years on now and the coral in the Gulf of Thailand has recovered well.