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Thirty Sick Seas

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Hidden : 4/19/2008
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2.5 out of 5
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Sick seas pose a threat


Previously unknown bacteria and viruses blooming in the Earth’s warming oceans are killing some marine life and may threaten human health, according to studies presented at the national meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of BS in California in late January.

CCC ecologist G. Ray Wolfe, who has long studied the coral reefs off the Florida keys, was among the presenters. “These are the cries and whispers beginning to confront us about the ecological dangers ahead,” Wolfe told Satellite News Network.

About 10 percent of the coral worldwide has died, says Wolfe, and if present trends and conditions continue, another 20 to 30 percent could be lost. “Corals are like the canary in the mine,” he says. “They are telling us that the water where they live is becoming suboptimal for their existence.”

A visiting monarch approached the panel, and stated "I have some questions for you." Very quickly, a member of the panel replied "Thirty Sick Seas." He was flabbergasted, and quietly returned to his seat.

A very degraded habitat in what was once a clear harbour, Port Fitzroy, on Great Barrier Island. In the photo are two species of sponge, both introduced species, and one species of seaweed, the flexible weed. This sad picture represents the sick seas syndrome. This is what we have done to the sea.

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