Coral Bleaching

Located at the south-west tip of Boracay is an actually quiet impressive snorkel area. Many boats come here every day and dump hundreds of people into the water. The tourists don’t see so many fish anymore like in earlier years.

This area is also the habitat of a build-up of beautifully formed Porites Solidas. One can barely find these kind of corals, in that concentration, elsewere in the world. When it is low tide in some cases they are only a few centimeteres under the water surface.

SomeĀ people however, don’t see this harmonious shaped boulders, in the form of a giant head, a mushroom or a turtle, as the treasure that it really is. In the contrary: they step on them, they chrash with their boats on them and the rest is done by man-made pollution and global warming. As a matter of fact, the water temperature this season, is much higher than it was last season at the very same time. And not to forget the Star of Crown starfish investation last year.

Now, for the first time in years observing this area, I see this majestic boulders turning white. Coral bleaching sets in. A bad sign.

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