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Florida loses corals as the ocean absorbs heat, researchers say

Ocean heat wave emergency remains a possibility, expert says

By Liane Morejon

Published: July 26, 2023

Read and watch the original article in Local10 News.

MIAMI – As water temperatures rise causing a drop in oxygen in some areas, researchers are keeping an eye on sponges, corals, and other sea creatures in Florida.

Rachel Silverstein, of Miami Waterkeeper, a nonprofit organization that advocates for watersheds and wildlife, said South Florida is on the brink of an ocean heat wave emergency.

“We have high rates of coral death when they’re in that condition, they’re very fragile,” Silverstein said.

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