• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Deadly coral disease found in waters of Dry Tortugas NP

A deadly coral disease thought to be absent from the reefs of Dry Tortugas National Park off the southern tip of Florida has turned up in the park's waters, leading National Park Service divers to apply an antibiotic paste to affected corals with hopes of saving them.

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease is an infectious, water-borne disease that impacts hard coral species and damages entire reefs. It was spotted in Dry Tortugas' waters this past Saturday by the park’s Coral Response Team during a routine disease survey.

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