High sea temperatures off the coast of Qatar are threatening precious coral reef and have caused mass deaths among some 20 types of fish, Doha-based marine researchers said. A study carried out by experts from Qatar University and the environment ministry has revealed that water temperatures during the fierce Gulf summer have passed 6 degrees Celsius.
Researchers said there is a cause for concern to marine life once sea temperatures pass 34 degrees. Although the phenomenon can occur once every two or three years at the height of the summer, researchers said they are concerned about the potential long-term impact on the coral reef in waters surrounding Qatar. – Khaleej Times – both stories seem interesting