University of Queensland scientists say they were shocked by the reef's condition and are concerned the entire reef may be at risk of destruction from global warming.
Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said most of the reefs they saw were completely bleached. "Going down to 10 metres, every piece of coral was a glowing white colour - all that brown colour had disappeared and that was surprising for us," he said.
erm.. i was gonna scuba dive that reef.. nevermind.. i'll get a bigmac instead..
In 1998 scientists estimated that 16 per cent of the world’s corals were destroyed by high water temperatures.