More coral bleaching, this time around Koh Tao
The coral bleaching that I reported about in late May
has unfortunately not stopped but continued. During my recent dive trip
to Koh Tao
, there was plenty of bleaching going on at Hin Wong and other sites around Koh Tao
The water temperature is still 30C which is too warm for the waters here. Although just by one or two degrees, over prolonged periods of time, this can be fatal for the coral.
The dive sites look like Christmas time underwater and it made me really sad to look the damage being done.
Massive coral formations are all bleached and it takes years to recover, providing the coral survives. If the coral in questions dies, it will take even longer.
It's a phenomena that's all over the region and all neighbouring countries are experiencing similar problems, it's not only Thailand
or let alone Koh Samui
or Koh Tao
that are affected.
Right now I can only hope for the water temperature to go down but it doesn't look too great. The predictions don't have a lot of rain in the makings and August is usually a very warm month as well.
Labels: Coral Bleaching, Diving, Koh Tao, Project AWARE, Reef