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How the sounds of Cuba’s reefs could save the world’s corals

How the sounds of Cuba's reefs could save the world's corals

By Daniel Hentz

BOSTON — As climate change worsens, the world’s coral reefs continue to fail at staggering rates. But in Cuba, years of strict environmental regulations have given these ecosystems a fighting chance. In 2017, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute were given a rare opportunity to study the pinnacle of reef health – a marine park known as Jardines de la Reina. There, they studied the reef’s sounds, which promise to be a step toward preserving what’s left among one of the world’s true underwater treasures.

 

Black tip reef sharks zoom through Jardines de la Reina while the team conducts research (Photo courtesy of Laura Weber and WHOI)

 

A hydrophone installed along the reefs in Jardines de la Reina (Photo courtesy of Amy Apprill and WHOI)

 

 

The Alucia makes its way into the port of Havana on Thanksgiving Day, 2017, (Photo courtesy of Miguel Adrian Pino and WHOI)

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