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Coral Bleaching

Corals "bleach" when the symbiotic organisms living in their skeletons die or sicken. Losing these symbionts causes the corals to "bleach," turning white. Bleaching often happens when the water the corals live in gets too hot. As the climate warms and surface ocean waters heat up, corals are more and more susceptible to bleaching. Read our other pages to find out more about the science.

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