Gorgonian Coral and Global Warming

Featherstar on gorgonian coral SN1681

Featherstar on gorgonian coral SN1681

As stony coral varieties continue to suffer from increased Earth temperatures and acidity in the ocean water, softer corals, such as the gorgonian, seem to be flourishing. The tree-like form of the gorgonian coral creates protective canopies vital to all types of marine life (such as the featherstar shown on the left). Science News explains that marine biologists will begin to research this supposed increase in soft coral by comparing photos of coral reefs taken around St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To read more on the effects of global warming on coral reefs, see "Why Are Some Corals Flourishing in a Time of Global Warming", Science News: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130910165051.htm

Soft and Gorgonian Corals with Basslets 2R9758

Soft and Gorgonian Corals with Basslets 2R9758