The Great Barrier Reef bursts with color as it recovers from years of coral bleaching World news

The great barrier reef breaks out with color again when the natural wonder recovers from the latest life-threatening coral bleaching.

About two-thirds of the coral in the reef off the coast of Australia has been affected by bleaching caused by unusually high sea temperatures in 2016, 2017 and 2020.

However, on Tuesday night, researchers recorded corals fertilizing billions of offspring by throwing sperm and eggs into the Pacific off the coast of Queensland – an event that usually lasts two or three days.

Gareth Phillips, a marine scientist at Reef Teach, a tourism and education company, is studying the game as part of a project to monitor reef health.

Corals fertilize billions of offspring by throwing sperm and eggs in the Pacific Ocean off the coastal city of Cairns in Queensland, Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Australia's ... Large barrier reefs play in an explosion of color as World Heritage-listed natural wonders recover from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes.  (Gabriel Guzman / Calypso Productions via AP)
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The corals have fertilized billions of offspring by throwing sperm and eggs into the Pacific Ocean off the coastal city of Cairns in Queensland.
The landscape of the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea off Queensland, Australia, 2018. Photo: AP
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The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Site

“The reef has gone through its own problems that we all have, but it can still respond – and it gives us hope,” he said.

“It’s gratifying to see the reef feed.

“It is strong evidence that its ecological functions are intact and work after being in a recovery phase for more than 18 months.”

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He added: “I think we all need to focus on the victors when we come out of the pandemic.”

The World Heritage Site consists of a network of 2,500 reefs, covering 348,000 square kilometers (134,000 square kilometers).

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