Wednesday’s ReefCheck confirmed what we had been afraid of :
A lot of the shallow branching corals in the tabu area died from coral bleaching after weeks of hot water temperatures in February 2014.
The good news is that because we have been monitoring this reef for so long ,we have seen this before ,and learn that the corals will grow back in a year or two.
Also more good news because of the lack of branching coral food, the Crown of thorns starfish which have been attacking the reef , are starting to die back.
Nb: Bula is Fijian for Crown of thorn