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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on April 20, 2016

Worldwide coral bleaching event enhanced by El Nino

Coral bleaching is a phenomena that results from high ocean temperatures. Coral thrives in a narrow temperature window, unable to grow if the water becomes either too hot or too cold. Sometimes a worldwide or regional weather pattern of particularly high temperatures will cause coral bleaching, where the coral dies as a result, turning white rather than it’s natural color of tan, yellow, bro

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on May 17, 2013

Reef Study Suggests Darwin Was Wrong About Coral Evolution

From Huffington Post By: Becky Oskin Charles Darwin sparked more than one controversy over the natural progression of life. One such case involved the evolution of coral atolls, the ring-shaped coral reefs that surround submerged tropical islands. Coral reefs are actually huge colonies of tiny animals that need sunlight to grow. After seeing a reef encircling Moorea, near Tahiti, Darwin came up wi

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on February 6, 2013

Meso Amazing – National Geographic features the Belize Reef

Do you know which species is the largest fish? Why whale sharks, of course. You’ll find out many amazing facts like that in a fascinating feature on the Mesoamerican Reef that ran in National Geographic Magazine in October. The article features some awe inspiring images like this one, shot by photographer Brian Skerry, off the coast of the Yucatan, just north of Belize. Big Fish, Little F

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on October 20, 2012

The Quick and Fearless Damselfish

Of the approximately 5,000 species of fish found along the coral reef, perhaps none are as feisty and territorial as the damselfish. Notoriously aggressive, these fish are known to nip at anything that comes between them and their food source. Likewise, these fish fiercely guard their egg clutches during spawning; quickly attacking anything that comes within close proximity. There are approximatel

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on October 3, 2012

Goliath grouper sighted in Belize

The New England Aquarium recently recorded a sighting of a goliath grouper during a scientific research expedition of the coral reefs in Belize. The huge fish, which can grow as large as 8.2 feet (2.5 m) and can weigh as much as 800 pounds, is considered of fine food quality. Atlantic goliath grouper were a highly sought after quarry for fishermen of all types. The grouper’s inquisitive and

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