‘Bleached No. 2’ Work in Progress

Our SALA theme was ‘Souled out’. I chose to tackle this from the environmental aspect and how humanity has sold out the Great Barrier Reef by the advancement of global warming, the rise in ocean temperatures and the subsequent bleaching of the corals. I was lucky enough to work as a ‘hostie’ on a number of dive boats during 1995. The coral was in great health back then. They were worried about the crown-of-thorns starfish, which was decimating some areas of coral but I can’t remember any discussions about global warming at that time.

I am hoping to return to the Great Barrier Reef with my family for my 5oth Birthday. I’m a little scared that I may spoil my memories of the pristine corals I had seen in my 20’s.

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