Figure 3: Time-series photographs of tagged Meandrina meandrites colony showing rapid impacts from bleaching and white-plague disease at one of the permanent monitoring sites off Virginia Key. | Scientific Reports

Figure 3: Time-series photographs of tagged Meandrina meandrites colony showing rapid impacts from bleaching and white-plague disease at one of the permanent monitoring sites off Virginia Key.

From: Unprecedented Disease-Related Coral Mortality in Southeastern Florida

Figure 3

Photo of unbleached living colony on August 20, 2014 (A); photo of same colony four weeks later during peak of coral bleaching event, September 23, 2014 (B); photo showing colony-wide recovery of zooxanthellae associated with seasonal drop in water temperatures, note residual “paled” coloration of coral tissue and first outward signs of white plague-like symptoms appearing along colony edge on November 11, 2014 (C); photo of same colony, totally dead from white-plague disease only four weeks later now covered with sediment laden algal turf, December 9, 2014 (D). Photos taken by RF.

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