After news broke about the mass coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, World Animal News was eager to get to the bottom of this massive environmental problem, to find out if one of the greatest wonders of the world is really going extinct after 25 million years.
World Animal News’ Katie Cleary, traveled to Australia to research and collect footage on the Great Barrier Reef, to further educate the public on it’s condition.
Footage obtained by World Animal News in Australia is evidence that the Great Barrier Reef is still alive. Although there has been coral bleaching along the northern section of the reef, there is still a large percentage of coral reef that is thriving. We must still be vigilant in the protection and preservation of the reef for future generations.
Coral bleaching occurs as a result of several factors; warming water, cyclones, water acidification caused by climate change, and the Crown of Thorns starfish which preys on and destroys coral.
It is important that we act now to save the Great Barrier Reef before coral bleaching takes a turn for the worst. The Great Barrier Reef is home to thousands of marine life and large sections of it in the southern region have escaped from coral bleaching, with the northern region being the hardest hit.
It is not too late for Australia and the rest of the world to imply stronger and better regulations to protect the Great Barrier Reef for the future of our planet.