14 APRIL 1998. PANAMA: CORAL (BLEACHING)

The Associated Press files that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Miami are reporting Panama's Gulf of Chiriqui is experiencing coral bleaching, the tenth area around the world with ENSO related bleaching (Australia's Great Barrier Reef, French Polynesia, Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, the Florida Keys, Baja California, the Yucatan Coast of Mexico, the Cayman Islands and the Netherlands Antilles) . Water temperatures are three degrees above normal.

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