Australia’s largest oceanic reef system is isolated enough to provide researchers with valuable examples of how reefs are affected by, and can recover from, massive coral bleaching. Severe coral bleaching has twice in recent history severely affected the coral reefs of the Scott Reef complex. It recovered once, but the most recent bleaching event’s ultimate damage remains to be seen.
The short film here helps to show how simultaneously vulnerable and resilient coral reef systems are. While high ocean temperatures negatively affect the reefs, they have an incredible capacity to recover in the right conditions. But will that always be the case?