In March of this year, scientists discovered that 3/700 of the coral had bleached 2km away from the Great Barrier Reef. At the time everyone thought "The Great Barrier Reef might really be dying."
Unexpectedly, under such circumstances, scientists unexpectedly discoveredSome corals are still alive and healthy and colorful!These corals are"Super coral" that can adapt to climate change, Is the best hope for saving the Great Barrier Reef so far!
A year ago, a BBC news caught everyone’s attention:
"2016The year was the worst year of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef"
As soon as the news came out, many people sighed.
"I haven't been to Australia for so many years. I always thought there was a chance..."
"The albinism wasn't that serious when I went there, and I was thinking about going there again with my family..."
"Don't leave the Great Barrier Reef!"
"The Great Barrier Reef is the most beautiful place I have ever been to."
However, in the face of the Great Barrier Reef where nearly 2/3 of the coral area has been bleached, the scientists should be the worst: watching her fade from colorful to white...
The original Great Barrier Reef coral looks like this:
But now it becomes like this:
The "Crack Team" research team composed of scientists such as "The Godfather of Coral" Charlie Vignon has been struggling to find a way to save the Great Barrier Reef. However, the hard work pays off...
(Charlie Vernon, the "Godfather" of corals, who discovered 20% of the known coral species in the world)
The Crack Team research team found that even though the Great Barrier Reef has severe bleaching, the researchers can still see colorful and healthy corals wherever they go. And this is a kind of successfully survived the severe bleaching in the last 2 years"Super coral"!
This super coral is not afraid of global warming and still looks extremely colorful:
Their existence also gives other marine creatures a "home" to live in:
There are also some super corals that are fighting stubbornly against "bleaching" and just grow into lush green:
Because of the existence of super corals, the natural environment of the Great Barrier Reef is much better. Recently, the photographer also photographed rare sea anemones laying eggs!
Marine biologist David Bonn from James Cook University discovered: "The main reason why these super corals can survive bleaching is that they have special bacteria attached to their bodies, which can help the subject to counter extreme external conditions. ."
When corals are in a hot climate for a long time, they release a lot of mucus. These mucus contains vitamin C, which can help corals restore their original state; and this mucus is also a food source for certain pathogenic bacteria.
At this time, in order to resist infection, bacteria attached to coral mucus and tissues will produce antibiotics, creating an immune system for corals, so that corals can avoid bleaching.
The "birth" of super corals is because global warming forces corals to evolve!
I have to admire these tenacious beings. Under extreme natural conditions, they will always find a way to survive.
Global warming has bleached the Great Barrier Reef, but I didn't expect some corals to evolve tenaciously to adapt to climate warming.
Although scientists are still worried that some corals have bleached before they can evolve, the existence of super corals is undoubtedly a boost for everyone who cares about the future of the Great Barrier Reef.
Great Barrier Reef,We still have a chance to see your most beautiful look!
News compiled from "The Age"
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