Australia's Great Barrier Reef is an enormous and spectacular natural wonder, but it is also one of the most devastating examples of ecosystems that are increasingly threatened by a warming world. Explore its diverse communities of marine wildlife, and discover the challenges facing corals — which are especially sensitive to temperature change — and the animals that depend on them.
After record temperatures and massive bleaching in 2016, scientists fear that the Great Barrier Reef has again experienced deadly coral bleaching. Researchers warn that the only way to save the Reef is to stop global warming.
Brilliant shades of blue and aqua coat the iridescent lips of giant clams, but these shiny cells aren't just for show, new research finds. The iridescent sheen directs beams of sunlight into the interior of the clam, providing light for algae inside.