Radio Taiwan International
Date: 24 July, 2020
By: Shirley Lin
Taiwan justly calls itself the coral kingdom. That’s because the waters off its southern coast are dotted with colorful reefs. But climate change has sent the temperature of seawater in the area rising to about 30C, sickening and bleaching the corals. Bleaching is happening at a range of spots, from the tourist magnet of Kenting to the small island of Xiaoliuqiu off the southwest coast.
Diving coaches say that coral is turning white in shallow and deep waters alike. The coaches also said that the range affected by bleaching has grown to be larger than ever before.