Fish And Coral Know A Bad Reef When They Smell It

August 22, 2014 5:44 PM

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Fish and corals can "smell" a bad neighborhood and avoid making their homes in a damaged reef.

Damaged coral reefs emit chemical cues that offend fish and corals, driving them away, Georgia Institute of Technology reported. The study shows for the first time that coral larva can detect the difference between damaged and healthy reefs.

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