7 June 2016 (Guardian) – Richard Vevers from the Ocean Agency had never experienced anything like the devastation he witnessed in May diving around the dead and dying coral reefs off Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef. When his team emerged from the water, he says, ‘We realised we just stank – we stank of the smell of rotting animals.’ The reefs around the island have been ravaged by coral bleaching caused by climate change.

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Bleached Coral off Lizard Island in May 2016. Photo: The Ocean Agency

Great Barrier Reef: diving in the stench of millions of rotting animals – video

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