Bent Sea Rod Bleaching

Image: Bent Sea Rod Bleaching

Detailed Description

A colony of the soft coral known as the "bent sea rod" stands bleached on a reef off of Islamorada, Florida. Hard and soft corals are presently bleaching- losing their symbiotic algae – all over the coral reefs of the Florida Keys due to unusually warm ocean temperatures this summer. Months with waters warmer than 85 F have become more frequent in the last several decades compared to a century ago, stressing and in some cases killing corals when temperatures remain high for too long. 


Image Dimensions: 2560 x 1920

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Location Taken: Islamorada, FL, US