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The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
In just five years, a disease has wreaked devastation on the fragile coral ecosystems that are already at risk of extinction from the effects of climate change.
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Kevin Macaulay, research assistant at Nova Southeastern University, applies an antibiotic ointment to...
Key West, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Kevin Macaulay, research assistant at Nova Southeastern University, applies an antibiotic ointment to the surface of an Orbicella faveolata (Mountainous Star Coral) affected by Stony Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) on a dive near Key West, Florida, U.S. September 8, 2019. The team is on a race against time to find what causes a disease dubbed Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, which since 2014 has been raging like an inferno through reefs under the deceptively calm blue paradise of the Caribbean.

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ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Kevin Macaulay, research assistant at Nova Southeastern University, holds his mask as he enters the water...
Key West, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Kevin Macaulay, research assistant at Nova Southeastern University, holds his mask as he enters the water for a dive to apply antibiotic ointment to corals near Key West, Florida, September 8, 2019. In just five years, the disease has wreaked devastation on the fragile coral ecosystems that are already at risk of extinction from the effects of climate change.

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ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Graduate students Bradley Arrington (L) and Kathryn Cableigh pull a basket filled with corals afflicted...
Charlotte Amalie, UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Graduate students Bradley Arrington (L) and Kathryn Cableigh pull a basket filled with corals afflicted by Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) to their research vessel near the University of the Virgin Islands campus in St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, May 15, 2019. Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease attacks the tissue of coral, transforming healthy, vibrant marine ecosystems into drab, dead worlds within weeks.

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ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Karen Neely (L), a coral ecologist at Nova Southeastern on a dive to collect samples of corals afflicted...
Key West, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Karen Neely (L), a coral ecologist at Nova Southeastern on a dive to collect samples of corals afflicted by Stony Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) near Key West, Florida, September 9, 2019. Of 40 reef sites in the Florida Keys monitored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 38 are already affected.

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ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Polyps on an Eusmilia fastigiata (Smooth Flower Coral), a species susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss...
Sarasota, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Polyps on an Eusmilia fastigiata (Smooth Flower Coral), a species susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). The disease has ravaged the entire Atlantic reef off Florida, spread across parts of the Caribbean, and has recently been reported near Belize in central America.

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ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
A Mussa angulosa (Spiny Flower Coral), a species susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD)....
Sarasota, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
A Mussa angulosa (Spiny Flower Coral), a species susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease kills over 20 species of coral, including most of the important ones that build the reef, hold it together and protect the shoreline.

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ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Polyps on a Montastraea cavernosa (Large-cup Star Coral) constrict. This species of coral is very susceptible...
Sarasota, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Polyps on a Montastraea cavernosa (Large-cup Star Coral) constrict. This species of coral is very susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
A small Diploria labyrinthiformis (Grooved Brain Coral) is photographed in a lab at the University of...
Charlotte Amalie, UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
A small Diploria labyrinthiformis (Grooved Brain Coral) is photographed in a lab at the University of the Virgin Islands campus, in St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, May 17, 2019. This species of coral is extremely susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Polyps on a Meandrina meandrites (Maze Coral) are protectively closed as the coral rests in a laboratory...
Sarasota, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Polyps on a Meandrina meandrites (Maze Coral) are protectively closed as the coral rests in a laboratory at a Florida Aquarium facility near Tampa, Florida, U.S. August 14, 2019. This species of coral is extremely susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Polyps on a Pseudodiploria strigosa (Symmetrical Brain Coral) create patterns on top of its skeletal...
Sarasota, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Polyps on a Pseudodiploria strigosa (Symmetrical Brain Coral) create patterns on top of its skeletal base as the coral rests in a laboratory at a Florida Aquarium facility near Tampa, Florida, August 14, 2019. This species of coral is extremely susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Graduate student Bradley Arrington uses a steel hammer and chisel to remove diseased corals in St Thomas...
Charlotte Amalie, UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Graduate student Bradley Arrington uses a steel hammer and chisel to remove diseased corals in St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, May 15, 2019. Near the start of 2019, it was spotted off the coast of the Virgin Islands. There, Marilyn Brandt of the University of the Virgin Islands' Center for Marine and Environmental Studies and her graduate students are ripping out the diseased coral to try to stop it spreading.

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ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Polyps on a Mycetophyllia alicia (Knobby Cactus Coral) open as the coral rests in a laboratory at a Florida...
Sarasota, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Polyps on a Mycetophyllia alicia (Knobby Cactus Coral) open as the coral rests in a laboratory at a Florida Aquarium facility near Tampa, Florida, U.S. August 14, 2019. This species of coral is susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Polyps on a Montastraea cavernosa (Large-cup Star Coral) constrict as the coral rests in a laboratory...
Sarasota, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Polyps on a Montastraea cavernosa (Large-cup Star Coral) constrict as the coral rests in a laboratory at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, U.S. August 13, 2019. This species of coral is very susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Research technician Danielle Lasseigne cuts a Pseudodiploria strigosa coral with a steel chisel to remove...
Charlotte Amalie, UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Research technician Danielle Lasseigne cuts a Pseudodiploria strigosa coral with a steel chisel to remove the portion of the animal being killed by Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) near the University of the Virgin Islands campus in St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Corals are stored in a water table to be used in experiments to learn more about an outbreak of of Stony...
Sarasota, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Corals are stored in a water table to be used in experiments to learn more about an outbreak of of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease at a Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium facility in Sarasota, Florida, August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
A nail is used to mark the extent of tissue killed by Stony Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) underneath an...
Key West, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
A nail is used to mark the extent of tissue killed by Stony Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) underneath an antibiotic ointment applied to a large Orbicella faveolata (Mountainous Star Coral) colony on a dive near Key West, Florida, September 8, 2019. Karen Neely's team at Nova Southeastern University has been laboriously applying a paste combined with amoxicillin to the coral, which they say has been effective in treating the disease.

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ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Polyps on a Colpophyllia natans (Boulder Brain Coral) create patterns on top of its skeletal base as...
Sarasota, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Polyps on a Colpophyllia natans (Boulder Brain Coral) create patterns on top of its skeletal base as the coral rests in a laboratory at a Florida Aquarium facility near Tampa, Florida, August 14, 2019. This coral is extremely susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Kevin Macaulay, research assistant at Nova Southeastern University, applies an antibiotic ointment to...
Key West, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Kevin Macaulay, research assistant at Nova Southeastern University, applies an antibiotic ointment to the surface of a diseased coral near Key West, Florida, September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Kevin Macaulay, research assistant at Nova Southeastern University, ascends with a bin of coral towards...
Key West, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Kevin Macaulay, research assistant at Nova Southeastern University, ascends with a bin of coral towards the surface near Key West, Florida, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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September 26, 2019
Kylie Zimmerman from the Smithsonian Institute packs corals delivered to her by Karen Neely, a coral...
Key West, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Kylie Zimmerman from the Smithsonian Institute packs corals delivered to her by Karen Neely, a coral ecologist at Nova Southeastern University, to take back to a lab to study the histology near Key West, Florida, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
A Bigeye swims amongst corals affected by SCTLD in St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, May 17, 2019....
Charlotte Amalie, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
A Bigeye swims amongst corals affected by SCTLD in St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, May 17, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Emily Hower cleans her mask as she prepares to enter the water for a dive to apply antibiotic ointment...
Key West, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Emily Hower cleans her mask as she prepares to enter the water for a dive to apply antibiotic ointment to corals afflicted by SCTLD near Key West, Florida, September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
ENVIRONMENT-CORALS/SCIENTISTS
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September 26, 2019
Kylie Zimmerman from the Smithsonian Institute watches as PhD students Bradley Weiler (R) and Anthony...
Key West, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
Kylie Zimmerman from the Smithsonian Institute watches as PhD students Bradley Weiler (R) and Anthony Bonacolta take samples to study from corals afflicted near Key West, Florida, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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