Aerial survey reveals severe damage at Great Barrier Reef from latest bleaching event

Coral scientist Professor Terry Hughes conducting aerial surveys of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Coral scientist Professor Terry Hughes conducting aerial surveys of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.PHOTO: ARC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR CORAL REEF STUDIES
Badly bleached reef off Great Keppel Island, Queensland, March 2020.
Badly bleached reef off Great Keppel Island, Queensland, March 2020.PHOTO: ARC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR CORAL REEF STUDIES
Bleached coral along the Great Barrier Reef.
Bleached coral along the Great Barrier Reef.PHOTO: ARC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR CORAL REEF STUDIES
A recruitment tile is deployed on the Northern region of the Great Barrier Reef.
A recruitment tile is deployed on the Northern region of the Great Barrier Reef.PHOTO: ARC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR CORAL REEF STUDIES

SINGAPORE - The decline in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest living structure, is accelerating, exacerbated by record sea temperatures, a leading coral scientist has concluded after an extensive aerial survey.

The survey results confirm earlier indications that large parts of the reef have suffered its third mass coral bleaching event in five years.

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