Great Barrier Reef 'Dead' In 2016? 3 Reasons Humans Should Feel Bad For Its 'Killing'

By Olivia Etienne, Parent Herald October 15, 01:41 pm
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Australia's great barrier reef may be in danger of extinction after suffering from coral bleaching.
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Great Barrier Reef of Australia may not have really died yet in 2016 contrary to recent reports. However, it is in a tumultuous state in which humans can be raised culpable. Here are reasons humans should grieve about its impending demise.

For a time, Great Barrier Reef served as a sanctuary of thousands of schools of fish. The Great Barrier Reef, being the world's largest coral reef system, houses even billions of minute organisms. Now, due to climate change, 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef has been affected by coral bleaching according to a Telegraph report.

North and central parts of Great Barrier Reef have died due to the increasing water temperature. Corals in Great Barrier Reef die and fail to rejuvenate on their own because of the loss of single-cell protozoa. The organism had a symbiotic relationship with Great Barrier Reef which kept it alive.

For a time, the famous Great Barrier Reef-located 2,300 km away from the tip of Queensland-supported life for a truly diverse aquatic and non-aquatic ecosystem. It is home to common and endangered species alike. Now, its inhabitants have taken refuge somewhere or worse, have died along with the other reefs.

Leslie Hughes told ABC that fishes who feed with algae are doing quite well. However, other species like parrot fish, which feeds on the coral, has already flee the almost-dead structure.

For a time, Great Barrier Reef served as a majestic reminder of how beautiful the world is. Its colorful structure float amid lush green and blue sea made it as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Now- apart from climate change-pollution and human abuse turned most of it into a lifeless pieces of rock.

Great Barrier Reef was the single biggest structure made by living organisms and can be seen as beautifully from outer space. But now, it seized to be a beautiful sight as it looked depressing, says The Guardian.

Professor Tim Flanerry further told ABC that if Great Barrier Reef were a human, he would be the one in life support. It's up to humans on whether to continue the fight and take care of it as much as possible, or to give it up and bid goodbye to one of nature's wonderful creations.

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