This 2017 photo provided by NOAA shows bleached coral in Guam [File: Handout/David Burdick/NOAA]
Vulnerable coral reefs on the United States territory of Guam have not experienced the severe bleaching that was predicted for this year, in part because of stormy weather that reduced water temperatures, officials said.
The Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans said a mass coral bleaching event indicated by satellite measurements of sea surface temperatures did not occur, Pacific Daily News reported.
“We have so far been very lucky,” said Whitney Hoot, a coral reef resilience coordinator with the statistics and plans bureau.
The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch programme indicated in July that the island would likely experience significant bleaching, which often precedes coral