26 October, 2014

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Coral Line by: Mr and Mrs Petrone

Coral Type: Table


Coral species: Acropora hyacinthus

Message: "Honeymoon 2014!"

2 year update: We are sorry to report that this was one of the lines hit hardest by our 2016 El Nino bleaching event. I was so sad to see this line bleach as it was one of our largest and had excellent survival rates. You will see from the picture, mass mortality occurred on this line, which is the same for all lines of this species and all colonies on our house reef. This species was the one that was hit hardest and died first- it clearly does not cope well with increases in water temperature! On a happier note, several of your colonies did survive, and these are really important now to help re-seed the population of Acropora hyacinthus on our damaged reef. We hope they will spawn soon, providing more genetic material, and as these colonies survived the warming period, we hope their offspring will contain the same resilience they had, make our reef stronger for future warming events! Find pics of the survivors on the right! To find out more visit our bleaching page and for any questions, please don't hesitate to email us on deborah.burn@gili-lankanfushi.com










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Coral Line by: Chris and Amanda Wade

Coral Type: Table


Coral species: Acropora millepora

2 year update: This was one of the unfortunate lines that was hit hardest during the 2016 El Nino bleaching event. I was really upset to see this line die as it was one of our most beautiful with excellent survival. It seems that this species does not cope well with warmer water, as on our reef, it was also one of the first to die. The happy news is that one tiny part of the line survived and has since started growing! Check the little picture on the bottom right of the 2 year shot. We will continue to monitor this little survivor as it is now a really important colony for the survival of its species in our local area. Hopefully it, along with any other strong survivors, will spawn soon and our reef will be reseeded!  For any more information your can visit our bleaching page or email me at deborah.burn@gili-lankanfushi.com 











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Coral Line by: Chris and Amanda Wade

Coral Type: Submassive


Coral species: Pocilopora eydouxi

2 yr update: We are sorry to report that this was one of the lines which died in the 2016 bleaching event. In April, we had a temperature increase in the water of 3 degrees C caused by climate change induced El Nino. To learn more about the event, head to our coral bleaching page. Sadly, we cant find this species on our reef anymore either, which suggests the species is poorly adapted to coping with warmer waters. If you have any questions about the project or line, or if you would like us to plant you some more coral, please email me on deborah.burn@gili-lankanfushi.com 











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Coral Line by: Chris and Amanda Wade

Coral Type: Bushy


Coral species: Acropora plantaginea














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