Dead landscape of Oculina Bank

Much of Oculina Bank now looks like this. Dead Oculina coral fragments, the dark material on the bottom, are strewn about as rubble. Scientists are attempting to restore Oculina habitat at this site on Sebastian's Reef. Note the reef ball in the distance placed there as a potential substrate for the coral and to simulate fish habitat. Image courtesy of Islands in the Stream 2001, NOAA/OER.

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