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December 02, 2019 - The Washington Post

Scientists used loudspeakers to make dead coral reefs sound healthy. Fish flocked to them.

Scientists used loudspeakers to make dead coral reefs sound healthy. Fish flocked to them.
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The desperate search for ways to help the world’s coral reefs rebound from the devastating effects of climate change has given rise to some radical solutions.

In the Caribbean, researchers are cultivating coral “nurseries” so they can reimplant fresh coral on degraded reefs. And in Hawaii, scientists are trying to specially breed corals to be more resilient against rising ocean temperatures. On Friday, British and Australian researchers rolled out another unorthodox strategy they say could help restoration efforts: broadcasting the sounds of healthy reefs in dying ones.

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