“Feel Good Friday” – There is a robot that delivers young coral to help repopulate the great barrier reef

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Map of the Great Barrier Reef showing results of 2016 aerial surveys for 911 reefs. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (2017) 

Good Morning, I trust you have had a successful week.

WOW… I am thrilled about this article. As I’m sure you are aware, the world’s coral reefs are under siege, due to the oceans growing warmer and more acidic as a result of climate change.
Sadly about half the coral making up Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has died off. At this pace, all of the Coral Reefs could be eradicated by mid-century. This is a terrifying thought… 30 years goes by in a blink on an eye!

Researchers at two of Australia’s universities have developed an underwater robot, called “LarvalBot”, that could help turn the tide in the ongoing struggle to save the reefs. LarvalBot moves autonomously along damaged sections of the reef and gently releases larvae, allowing them to settle.

In the trial run, 100,000 baby specimens, derived from corals that survived the bleaching event of 2016-17, were dispersed by the submersible. According to the researchers, we will have to wait about 9 months to start to see juvenile corals grow. I am looking forward to seeing the results!

See more: https://www.ecowatch.com/great-barrier-reef-larvalbot-2625750101.html

The Great Barrier Reef is on my bucket list of places to visit and dive. I really hope and pray that this robot can save the reefs 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead

Kerry

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