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.