But he then had to admit the reef had made a "surprising" recovery. Yes, but in 2006, not one to give up on a theory, he again warned high temperatures meant "between 30 and 40 percent of coral on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef could die within a month."
But when the reef was thoroughly inspected by others, he had to admit there had been "minimal impact," and the reef was healthy
Still not giving up on his theory, in 2007 he again warned that temperature changes of the kind caused by global warming were bleaching the reef. But this month fellow Queensland University researchers admitted in a study that reef coral had once more
made a "spectacular recovery," with "abundant corals re-established in a single year." (Big Oil does not contribute to Queensland University)
Most think that there was no damage and no sign of dying in the first place. But nevertheless, the reef is booming and blooming.