Rain, rain come again!

The weather in Phuket seems to have cooled down a little bit today after a series of thunderstorms and heavy rain last night. This means that maybe there is some hope for the coral that has already suffered from bleaching due to high water temperatures.

Coral bleaching at Rawai Beach.

On a walk over the rocks to explore just how wide spread the coral bleaching has become, I found that pools of what was probably rain water (the sea wouldn't reach this point) had evaporated leaving a hard sediment of salt. Although this is normal, I have rarely seen such a thick layer of salt filling the indent in the rocks before, usually it's more like a thin coating. The immediate evaporation of fresh water just adds to the problems for animals and plants in their struggle to survive until the rainy season.

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