The 2016 mass bleaching created havoc on Maldivian coral reefs. In shallow lagoonal areas, nearly all of the coral died, leaving vast expanses of eroding coral skeletons and rubble fields devoid of fish life. These lagoonal areas were critically important because they:
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Located at Anantara Dhigu, South Male Atoll, Maldives in 2-3 m depth
Currently supports 46 species of corals, along with soft corals, anemones, giant clams and other invertebrates
Rapidly colonized by fish: within one week 58 different species and over 1000 individuals!
Aquabar Snorkel Trail