Swim out beyond the sandy sea of the Florida coast to the flamboyant coral reefs beneath the waves of the ocean floor

Swim out beyond the sandy sea of the Florida coast to the flamboyant coral reefs beneath the waves of the ocean floor. Just out of reach, a towering brain, and staghorn coral comes into sight. What used to be a dazzling array of life now lies a vast, colorless vicinity of almost nothingness. What’s happening in the Florida gulf coast is a scene repeated in reefs across the globe as part of a largescale phenomenon. In recent years, scientists have discovered an unprecedented die-off in coral reefs due to a combination of factors including overfishing, coastal development, coral bleaching and linked to the rising temperature in the ocean as well as human impacts.