The summer was one of the hottest recorded on the Reef.
The most severely affected reefs were in the Palm Island area, where up to 70 per cent of corals died.
The caribbean lost half of their coral reefs because of coral reef bleaching.
Up to 98 percent of corals bleached on some reefs, resulting in nearly 39 per cent death on the reef flats and 32 per cent on the reef slopes
Global Warming already has caused mass coral bleaching and mortality in Southeast Asia and the Coral Triangle
Bleaching was caused by an influx of freshwater.
Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died.
Cold water temperatures in the Florida Keys caused a coral bleaching event that resulted in some coral death. Water temperatures dropped 12.06 degrees Fahrenheit lower than the typical temperatures observed at this time of year.
The number of reported observations for coral reef bleaching increased to more than 3,700!
A huge ocean heat wave killed off a quarter of Shark Bay’s coral reefs.
About 50 per cent of shallow-water coral was killed, when the reef experienced back-to-back bleaching events for the first time in recorded history.
Severe coral bleaching affected the central third of the Great Barrier Reef associated with unusually warm sea surface temperatures and accumulated heat stress.
Approximately 370 observations of coral bleaching were reported globally.