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Coral bleaching threatens marine life

FISH that have lost food due to mass coral bleaching are getting into more unnecessary fights, causing them to expend precious energy and potentially threatening their survival, new research said Wednesday.

With the future of the world’s coral reefs threatened by climate change, a team of researchers studied how a mass bleaching event affected 38 species of butterflyfish.

  • Agence France-Presse
  • The Manila Times

The colorfully patterned reef fish are the first to feel the effect of bleaching because they eat coral, so their “food source is hugely diminished really quickly,” said Sally Keith, a marine ecologist at Britain’s Lancaster University.

Keith and her colleagues had no idea a…

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