This image was made as a composite of two aerial photographs: 1954 and 2000. The later image show remarkable clarity of the reef system. The harbor, resorts and miscellaneous structure after 1956 were masked out. Advertisements
Coral colonies replanted on 5.15.17 appear stable.
Update 1.08.16 Water temperature 77.9F. These two colonies appears to be 99-100% recovered. Others are still bleached here and there. Some smaller colonies are taking longer to recover. Updated 12.30.15 Water temperature 78.8F. Certainly more and more recovery across the reef. Some colonies are still bleached white, but recovery is progressing. Updated 12.20.15 More improvements. … More coral recovery monitor from 11.11.15
Water temperature has cooled to 80F and has remained cooler from the start of November 2015. Trade winds are back and mound corals are showing signs of recovery by showing bright brown colors. These corals were bleached completely Mid October 2015. The effect is almost similar to being air brushed. Good news. See: NOAA temperature … More signs of coral recovery from bleaching
According to the article Coral Bleaching Disturbs Structure Of Fish Communities, Science Daily 11,3,2008, After the corals die, turf algae and macroalgae rapidly invaded the space left free by the dead corals, leading to increased uniformity of the habitat. The mortality resulting from the bleaching particularly affects the reef-building corals. The calcareous constructions the latter … More Coral bleaching affects on fish communities