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Thailand’s beloved Ko Phai Ling, along with its surrounding coral reefs within Sirinat National Park in Phuket, stands temporarily closed to tourists from today until the situation improves, with the closure slated to remain until further notice. Park Chief Watchara Songsi-awn, made the announcement following the discovery of widespread coral bleaching across the area. With … …

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Coral bleaching is a stress related event, a high risk, physiological survival attempt by the coral, when it is subjected to ambient stressors. They can recover from bleaching events, but only if favourable conditions return swiftly enough. Some species of symbiotic/photosynthetic corals are more resilient than are others.

I don't see how tourists being present or not, can cause or prevent a coral bleaching event.


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