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Gardeners of the Reef

The coral reefs of Lakshadweep have faced two mass bleaching eventsin the recent past, the second one occurring as recently as in 2010. Asthe dead coral structures get covered with algae, the associated marinelife disappears, and soon the entire coral reef ‘dies’. Remarkably,nature has corrective methods in place to recover from such losses. Theherbivorous fish on the reef help serve this purpose, but only if enoughsurvive to devour the ever increasing amounts of algae.

Natural History, SAEVUS