WASHINGTON (AP) — El Nino’s super warm
water has turned what had been one of the world’s
most lush and isolated tropical marine reserve into a
coral graveyard, federal scientists said Wednesday.
Researchers finishing an emergency undersea expedition
found 95 percent of the coral dead around Jarvis
Island in the Pacific Remote Island Marine National
In November, much of the coral had bleached white
but was alive.
“There’s hardly anything left on the bottom in
terms of the coral. It basically looks like a graveyard,” said the expedition chief scientist Bernardo