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Shifting Baselines Contest—the Truth About Coral-Reef Decline


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Gene Shinn, from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Science Center in St. Petersburg, FL, placed second in the Shifting Baselines photo and caption contest on August 2. Nearly 100 entries from 18 countries were submitted to the contest.

composite head consisting of two species of brain coral Gene Shinn's awarding-winning set of photographs. The black-and-white photograph, taken in 1959, shows a composite head consisting of two species of brain coral and one star coral. In 1988, the star coral at left has eroded away, and by 1998 the head is dead and encrusted with gorgonian corals. Note divers for scale.
In 1988, the star coral at left has eroded away, and by 1998 the head is dead and encrusted with gorgonian corals

The set of three photos entered by Gene, titled "Florida Corals (1959-98)," show a composite coral head consisting of two species of brain coral and one star coral. By 1988, the star coral had eroded away, and by 1998 the once-large coral head was dead and encrusted with gorgonian corals.

Craig Quirolo's photograph "Corals (1994-2003)" won first place. Craig is a cofounder of Key West's Reef Relief organization. His photos demonstrate how a 300-year-old coral colony disappeared in less than a decade.

Shifting Baselines is not an action group but rather a partnership between ocean conservation and Hollywood to help bring attention to the severity of ocean decline. Nineteen partner groups, including the Ocean Conservancy, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Surfrider Foundation, sponsor Shifting Baselines. For more information about the photo contest and to view some of the other finalists and winners, visit Shifting Baselines Photo and Caption Contest.


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