Source: redOrbit 
Author: Brett Smith
August 20, 2013
Marine biologists have been warning recently about the dangers of coral bleaching and new research from a team of international scientists indicates sea anemones are also susceptible to the color-sapping phenomenon that is thought to result from death of sea creatures' symbiotic algae.
In addition to being suspected of causing an increase in sea anemone mortality, bleaching also affects clownfish and 27 other fish species that depend on anemones for shelter from predators, according to the team's report published in the journal PLoS ONE. Experts suspect bleaching occurs when the surrounding water gets too warm for symbiotic algae.
"Our study showed that at least seven of the ten anemone species suffer from bleaching when water temperatures get too high," said study researcher Ashley Frisch of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. "Importantly, we found bleaching of anemones occurring wherever we looked - from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean to the Indo-Australian region and the Pacific. Sometimes it was on a massive scale."
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