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A cyclone plus the Crown-of-Thorns starfish has completely destroyed this reef**
This is a real picture that would be expensive to replicate. How can you tell? The snorkeler is not a model posing in position for the camera. The ripples on the surface show he is moving. A posed model would not have water movement near him or her.
Does it matter? Not a bit. But in this case it is a REAL picture, not staged for advertising purposes.
If this picture were on a travel brochure it would not say, as I will here, and with 100% honesty, that ALL THAT BEAUTIFUL CORAL (IS TODAY), DEAD AS DOOR-NAILS.
Just after the picture was taken, the Crown of Thorns starfish had a great feed here. This is/was Ellison Reef near Mission Beach, south of Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
It did not affect tourists at all – they go to different locations. Nobody speaks about dead reefs.
“Anyway, there’s plenty of coral in Queensland”. the skeptics have said.
An ‘expert’ might comment that coral reefs regenerate – indicating everything will return to how it was, eventually.
These are just words we like to hear – distorted words they certainly are.
The coral pictured at Ellison Reef will never look like this again, never ever. It’s too close to civilization.
That reef is finished in this form.
Something else, a poorer version, will replace it. Not as beautiful, but nobody will know the difference. That’s the way it is.
Don’t be fooled that everything (the coral reef ecology) is OK and will stay like this forever.
It won’t and it can’t. Learn to live with the changes.
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Here’s a record of the coral reef which surrounded Beaver Cay, out from Dunk Island and offshore from Mission Beach, south of Cairns, Queensland.
One well-intending tourist operator was cutting hundreds of Crown of Thorns starfish in halves, or smaller, believing it was the best course of action to save the coral reef here!!!!!
(That won’t kill starfish – but it may make the situation worse).
Recent news: Another factor that will kill a coral reef, could be for example, a very low tide (exposing corals to the air) with torrential rain at the same time, i.e. heavy rain will kill corals too.