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Little Cayman’s corals bouncing back from bleaching event

Corals in Little Cayman have weathered the effects of a global bleaching event last year, and have – for the most part – regained their colour.

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute said nearly 25% of coral surveyed during the bleaching event had experienced loss of colour as the water temperatures climbed above 30 degrees celsuis.

By October, 60% of the corals CCMI surveyed had shown some signs of bleaching

But cooler temperatures have returned to our waters, and now CCMI researchers say the colour is coming back to nearly all of the impacted corals.

Moving forward, CCMI plans continued monitoring of corals for long-term effects of bleaching.

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Joe Avary

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Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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