A team of divers is pushing back on a so-called second mass bleaching event occurring on the Great Barrier Reef, which media reports said affected 50 to 60 percent of Cape York region.
Scientists from the government-funded ARC center also found a 35 percent mortality rate, with an ultimate death toll topping 90 percent.
That’s prompted local dive operators, who physically visit the reef each day, to survey the hardest hit parts. They only found between one and five percent damage.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which oversees the 1,250-mile-long structure, also added on their website there were still a great many reefs with abundant living coral for tourists to view, but it was imperative the world acts and carries out the “Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The local divers, however, used their own money and spent two weeks surveying 28 sites on 24 outer reef shelves ARC said were decimated.
They found the reefs looked identical to how they did twenty years ago. Despite alarmist headlines of a mass bleaching event, they found no changes in two decades.
They said the discrepancy between what they found (five percent damage) and what was being reported was “phenomenal.”