Climate Change

Know Your Plates (Part 1)

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Reef building hard corals in the order Scleractinia are animals that could be mistaken for plants. One of the most common such corals at the Great Barrier Reef is Acropora hyacinthus.  At Myrmidon reef last December, we found ridges replete with these plates in various colours including brown and green.  It was in the back lagoon […]

Climate Change

Who Ate the Green Plate?

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I wasn’t the one who took that bite out of that green plate coral. Can you see what looks like a bite mark? It is at about 4 o’clock on the large, green, plate coral, which is also one of the transect photographs taken last week, on 22nd February at Pixie Reef by Leonard Lim. […]

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Naming a First Old Porites, Craig

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Knowing the truth has always been a challenge requiring an amount of discipline. And it is getting that much harder in this age of disinformation. How can we distinguish reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda?  Science used to be so useful for this. But many government-funded reef research programs now amass data to prove a […]