As recent studies have shown, the amazing Great Coral Reef is still in grave danger because of the devastating phenomenon known as bleaching. This is why some experienced reef scientists has decided to begin the voyage of their lives and to try and save the corals from further damage. The name of their research mission is Great Barrier Reef Legacy and began on November 14 with mapping certain remote areas and testing the corals’ health.
Among those eight teams of reef scientists is also the man known as the “Godfather of Coral”. Apart from some other research missions, they are also planning to begin searching for the corals that survived the devastating bleaching over the past two years. They called those “super corals”. The experts think that those strong corals might be the key to protecting the entire reef from any more damage.
Saving the Great Barrier Reef
According to Charlie Veron, the man who discovered over 20% of all known coral species and whose nick name is the “Godfather of Corals”, their mission will be a very important one. The idea is to observe which types of corals are more vulnerable and weak to mass bleaching and which ones can survive. This is crucial in taking the right decision.
He is one of the people who have followed the Great Barrier Reef’s degradation over the years. It’s indeed sad that every prediction made a decade ago turned out to be true. We didn’t do anything to stop them from becoming reality.
The effects of mass bleaching have become even stronger after two consecutive years of unusually warm weather caused by climate change. According to Dean Miller, GBR Legacy’s director of science, this will be the biggest research mission since 2014. However, at that time, the two huge waves of bleaching were yet to happen. The team will use advanced technology including drones and submarines that will be controlled remotely.
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