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01 July 29, 1993
This was the first Photo Monitoring Dive. Yellow Band disease was discovered. The transect route and many of the monitoring subjects were selected on this dive.
02 December 22,1993
This was a black band disease erradication dive in the area of SKB10T.
03 March 20,1994
Yellowing is apparent on some Montastrea cavernosa colonies. There is also a white blushing on a few Diploria strigosa colonies.
04 June 3, 1994
The very beginning of a black band outbreak is observed on the brain coral, subject bb1.
05 September 3, 1994
The white area on the brain coral is tissue lost to the disease black band in a period of four months.
06 December 20, 1994
Subjects Sea Fan 2 and Yellow Band 1.
07 March 22, 1995
Coral diseases and infections are not as active during the colod winter months.
08 May 26,1995
Harold Hudson PHD. drills core samples from YB1 to be sent to EPA for analysis at Gulf Breezes Lab. One core from infected area one core from healthy section.
10 May 30, 1995
This core plug day when the cored holes on YB1 are pluged with a cement plug to [prevent erosion. Notice sf2 next to YB1 is beginning to appear torn up by aspergillis.
11 April 5, 1996
A strange yellow algae matts the bottom in the area around the mooring pin. Yellow band is advancing in an unusual ribbon fashion on YB2.
12 June 3, 1996
Subject bb1 is developing a new problem other than black band.
13 February 2, 1997
The polyps on a Montastrea cavernosa appear to be inflated. This coral will become a survey subject.
14 March 3, 1997
The first indications of a White Plague Type ll coral disease outbreak.
15 July 14, 1997
Yellow Band disease begins to flair up on infected colnies.
18 January 30, 1998
Many of the corals affected by the coral bleaching event of 1997 did not fully recover
19 February 18, 1998
An amazing array of stressed out coral polyps.
21 July 18, 1998
These are the most unusual coral polyp stress symptom photos ever recorded.
22 October 13, 1998
After a prolonged two year bleaching event Hurricane Georges tears apart the reef.
23 January 19, 1999
Two years after the worst coral bleaching event, two hurricanes and several gale force storms coral loss and coral stress are evident.
24 December 16, 1999
There is no doubt that Sand Key reef is nearing a total shutdown.
25 July 4, 2000
A continuing loss of diversity
26 July 11, 2000
During the summer of 2000 many of the hard and soft corals on Sand Key reef, near Key West, succumbed to a variety of strange, new coral infections. When polluted water from the Everglades was released into the warm waters of Florida Bay disease and infection flaired up on the downstream coral reefs.
27 July 12, 2000
A very diverse and interesting array of coral ailments on both soft and hard corals.
28 July 21, 2000
"Where have all the corals gone?.
29 July 30, 2000
The saddest thing to observe on a dive is a grand old coral colony in the throws of death.
30 September 7, 200
Excellerated coral loss is beyond management or belief.
31 November 10, 2000
The turn of the century was certainly the turning point for this coral reef. The reef has lost all of it's color.
31 September 16, 2005
Coral bleaching between Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
32 July 25, 2003
There is very little doubt that all of the coarls on Sand Key reef will be dead in a very short time. The majority of monitoring subjects on SKB10T are but clumps of algae.