🙁 We normally like to post positive videos 🎦 and pictures 📸 to help share our love of diving. This video 🎬 however, isn’t something we love seeing or enjoy… This was once covered with healthy corals, though now, it’s all rubble..
📉 Unfortunately, the Florida Keys has around 85-90% of it’s corals. Warming 🔥 ocean temperatures and increased stress from ☣️ chemicals causes bleaching.
⚓ Coral reefs support more species per unit area than any other marine environment, including about 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species.
⚓ This biodiversity is considered key to finding new medicines for the 21st century. Many drugs 💉 are now being developed from coral reef animals and plants as possible cures for cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, viruses, and other diseases.
⚓ Coral reefs support commercial and subsistence fisheries as well as jobs and businesses through tourism and recreation. Local economies receive billions of dollars 💵 from visitors to reefs through diving tours, recreational fishing trips, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses based near reef ecosystems.
🤙🏼 Ultimately, coral reefs have the ability to bounce back, thought it’ll take everyone working together which starts with YOU.
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