Keeping an eye on the Keppels (Coral bleaching)

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01 Feb 2006 - 18 Jan 2016
The bleaching observed by marine researchers and tourist operators on reefs in the Capricorn region confirmed the AIMS/GBRMPA weather station data that show sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in this area are well above critical levels for normal coral function. SSTs in the Keppels have been hovering 2 degrees C above the average since early December, and this sustained warm period caused temperature-sensitive corals to reach bleaching thresholds as early as Christmas.