bleaching behavior captured in video
For the first time scientists have captured the behavior of a coral as it is undergoing a bleaching event. Using a combination of microscope, digital camera and smart tablet to record detailed time-lapse videos of a Heliofungia coral’s physical reaction to heat stress they discovered evidence that it employs pulsed inflation. While scientists have known coral bleaching happens when the relationship between the coral and their algae symbionts breaks down with rising ocean temperatures, the QUT team’s videos show for the first time how this particular coral removes the algae.
more on this research at qut.edu.au