2018, Middle School, Art
Coral bleaching occurs when the ocean temperature rises. Because of the heated water, the coral releases algae from its tissue, causing the coral’s exterior to turn colorless. This causes the coral to be more stressed and prone to death, because it can’t live long term without these algae. Because the ocean absorbs 93% of climate change heat, the chance of the coral losing its color when the temperature rises is high. For example, hot summers and heat waves make it likely that coral may lose its colorful appearance. Now, scientists are researching whether a large drop in temperature may cause the same effects as when the water heats up to a large extent. A coral bleaching event can cause many negative events. Because coral is home to about 25% of marine species and protects shorelines, other animals could also be harmed. In addition, coral is used for making medicines, and without it we can’t advance in the medical field. It is important for us to protect the coral and other animals in our seas. I drew a picture contrasting what bleached coral and colorful coral look like to show the drastic effect on the animals. Not only do their appearances change, but their ability to survive in the ocean changes. I was inspired to draw this by reading about the topic, and learning that there are ways to help marine life.