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#1 StephenFrink

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:27 AM

I was chatting with Sylvia Earle yesterday, and no surprise that issues of marine ecology came up. She mentioned seeing some very strange pink splotches on coral in Cocos last week and wondered if I had seen it elsewhere. I have not.

I'm wondering if any of you have. Dr. Earle asks: "it would be useful to ask readers whether or not they have observed the phenomenon in Cocos or elsewhere and if so when, and any other information that could be provided -- depth, temperature, or whatever. I observed small pink spots on some corals of this same species in Cocos in September, 2009, but none with such large areas affected."
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If anyone has seen please comment with detail and whether it has affected the coral long-term.

Thanks.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:30 AM

I was chatting with Sylvia Earle yesterday, and no surprise that issues of marine ecology came up. She mentioned seeing some very strange pink splotches on coral in Cocos last week and wondered if I had seen it elsewhere. I have not.

I'm wondering if any of you have. Dr. Earle asks: "it would be useful to ask readers whether or not they have observed the phenomenon in Cocos or elsewhere and if so when, and any other information that could be provided -- depth, temperature, or whatever. I observed small pink spots on some corals of this same species in Cocos in September, 2009, but none with such large areas affected."

If anyone has seen please comment with detail and whether it has affected the coral long-term.

Thanks.


Another view of diseased coral:

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 12:40 PM

Was in Philippines last week.

Did not see anything similar to that on the corals, although there were some bleached corals and anemones.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 12:26 PM

i work in dive in the water off north kenya, not seen anything like that anywhere near there... hope it helps..
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:33 PM

Never seen anything like that ... it looks quite contagious and worry some !
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 01:38 PM

Diving at Heron Island on great barrier reef in feb 2011. Plenty of porites corals there but no signs of pink bleaching.