Well, Coral Reef Music that is…
A recent study was done on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to see if recorded sounds from a live, vibrant coral ecosystem could revive a dying one. And to a degree, it worked! The sounds lured in double the fish over 40 days vs. dying corals without the sounds. A critical step in coral revival.
Wait why is there dying coral?
Climate change has been wiping out critical coral ecosystems for the last couple of decades, a problem that’s getting worse. This is primarily due to rising sea temperatures, which in turn causes coral to lose their critical algae - a process known as bleaching. Bleaching opens up coral for disease and decay.
Isn’t coral just a pretty tourist thing?
Well for sure coral is breathtaking up close and it would be a shame if we lost this treasure for that reason alone. However, more importantly, coral is home to thousands of fish and ocean life species. Losing coral will start a chain reaction of loss for thousands of others, which creates a chain reaction up the food chain to larger fish and ocean mammals. We would not only lose a critical food supply but thousands of species who also help keep our oceans clean, control algae bloom, produce key organic by-products and so forth.
So music is the answer
It’s a valuable and inventive step if we can indeed scale this study to using sounds to revitalize coral ecosystems. However, this only delays the inevitable if we don’t stop warming our oceans. Think of this as a step towards buying ourselves more time to fixing the larger issue!
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