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An Ocean Full of Problems
by Pamela Mason
An ocean full of problems for ELASMO
Good morning, Elasmo!
I heard you have some problems going on...
Do you want to talk through them with me?
Gosh, I guess I do have a lot of things going on...
Maybe I should tell Dr. Sue Octopus.
Where should I start?
Why don't you tell me a little something about your home?
Why is my home so bare?
Why is the coral white and not alive?
Where have all the things I saw as a pup gone?
Healthy coral reef
Bleached coral reef
When coral dies it becomes white. This is called "coral bleaching".
Scientists are working hard to restore coral by g
rowing new, healthy coral and putting it into the sea in the place of the dead, bleached coral.
There are many videos online about coral re-growing in Florida and Australia where coral reefs have been affected by disease or climate change.
Get a grown-up to help you look on Youtube for "growing coral" videos.
Another problem is that my home is so dirty!
There's plastic in my food and sometimes I get tangled.
Where is this all coming from? When will it stop?
That's called "pollution".
It's coming from humans on land.
Now that people know it's a problem, they're trying to change their behavior and clean the oceans.