Singapore's reefs didn't feel the heat of rising mercury in 2019

Coral reefs located off Singapore's southern coast were largely unharmed even though last year was one of the Republic's hottest years on record. However, isolated coral colonies may have suffered some bleaching.
Coral reefs located off Singapore's southern coast were largely unharmed even though last year was one of the Republic's hottest years on record. However, isolated coral colonies may have suffered some bleaching. PHOTO: NPARKS

No mass bleaching as sea surface temperatures within threshold

It was one of the hottest years on record in Singapore last year, but corals located off the Republic's southern coast still managed to keep their cool.

No mass bleaching event was recorded in Singapore's reefs, although there may have been bleaching of isolated coral colonies, said Dr Karenne Tun, director of the coastal and marine division at the National Parks Board's (NParks) National Biodiversity Centre.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2020, with the headline 'S'pore's reefs didn't feel the heat of rising mercury in 2019'. Print Edition | Subscribe