Big Island Hawaii, is situated at the edge of an ancient lava flow, packed with jagged black rocks that meet the pacific. Island is full of tiny off the grid houses, facing calm blue water of Papa Bay on Hawaii’s big island. Here island’s one of the vibrant and abundant coral reefs flourish just below the surface. Even this remote shoreline that is distant from the impacts of trampling feet, chemical sunscreen, and industrial wastewater is reflecting early signs of what’s anticipated to be a disastrous season for coral in Hawaii.
Four years back, a major marine heatwave killed almost half of this coastline’s coral, and now federal scientists are predicting another round of this marine heatwave. Prediction is that this marine heatwave will cause some of the worst coral bleaching, ever experienced by the region. Jamison Gove, an oceanographer from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, stated that in the year 2015, Hawaii hit the temperature, never experienced before on the island. And the alarming fact is that events tracked above are same as the ones recorded in 2015. Researchers are using advanced equipment to observe Hawaii’s reefs. Scientists are seeing premature signs of bleaching in Papa Bay that is caused by a marine heatwave that has sent temperatures elevating to record highs for months.
The days of June, July and some days of August experienced the hottest ocean temperatures that were never recorded in the Hawaiian Islands before. To this point, only in September, marine temperatures are below to those seen in the year 2015. Analysts assume that high temperatures in the North Pacific will continue to compel heat into Hawaiian sea until October. Meanwhile, Hawaiian residents, such as Cindi Punihaole Kennedy, are volunteering and educating tourists. Kennedy, director of Kahalu’u Bay Education Center. It is a nonprofit center that is created to help and protect Kahalu’u Bay. Kahalu’u Bay is a popular diving spot near the Big Island’s tourist center. She stated that the bay and nearby beaches welcome nearly 400,000 tourists a year. She further added, as the area suffered bleaching in the year 2015, it was devastating for us to see that and not able to anything.