There is a big problem with our reefs. They are turning from a deep blues and greens to white and pale ocean deserts. It’s estimated that 12,000 square kilometres of coral could be lost this year ALONE.
Ok, but like what is bleaching? Is this similar to bleaching your hair?
And to that I say yes. Yes it is. Let me explain.
It is caused by something intense. Acid!
Global Warming is the bleaching method of the ocean, and chemicals are the bleaching method of the hair. There is also a pretty awful amount of acidification in the water as well, which contributes to the bleaching. So see? Both pretty intense methods of changed.
Similar to how your hair gets some nice highlights in the summer sunshine, the sun is also giving the coral reef some INTENSE highlights.
It really creates damage.
Warm water and acid leave the corals stressed, they banish the symbiotic algae that provide corals with both their color and also nutrients. The corals turn white, and the whole ecosystem is changed.
"Coral reefs are the underwater equivalent of rainforests, and by removing the corals, you remove the trees of that underwater world,” says Richard Vevers, head of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey.
Just like the chemicals damage your hair in bleaching to turn in white. It leave your hair vulnerable.
“One in every four species of fish live on a coral reef, there are over a million species that live on coral reefs, at least two-thirds of them are pretty unknown to science,” says Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland “Coral reefs provide food and livelihood to 500 million people.”
The difference between bleaching your hair and bleached coral reefs? They are not cool. And bleaching a reef does not make it pretty.