Could Sound Play a Role in Helping Our Dying Coral Reefs?

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It’s time to open our eyes and accept reality: the planet is not in a good way. Years of poor choices and activity in terms of things like pollution and mass-production of items we don’t need is having an impact on our planet. 

And a big part of that is the environment is now suffering majorly – including our beautiful coral reefs.


As some of the most naturally beautiful things we can find on this planet, their destruction is something that should alert and alarm everyone. If you worry about what the future will hold for our coral reefs, though, one small crumb of comfort has appeared: sound.

The coral reefs are in a terrible state, with many animals and associated flora dying off due to the ecosystem being so disrupted. Indeed, some have even noticed a deeply depressing ‘de-skinning’ event taking place with some of the coral reefs. 

Tissue is beginning to fall off and reveal many dying products and pieces of nature. This is not good news – not at all. However, one thing that we do have to note is that something at least is being tried to try and stop the problem worsening.

That comes through the use of sound. 


If our coral reefs die off, the oceans will suffer drastically. That’s why UK and Australian science teams are working hand-in-hand together to try and solve this issue. By using underwater speaker systems, they are using sound to try and bring new lifeforms to the dying coral reefs.

These play the sounds of healthy coral reefs in parts of bleached coral. This will hopefully make fish come along to this part of the water and start rebuilding life in the previously abandoned parts of the reef. 

Results are supposed to be promising so far, with sound showing as much as twice the fish populace appearing.

Is sound helping to repopulate our coral reefs?

While the dead reefs that aren’t being speaker amplified are almost eerily quiet, it’s not the case for the speaker-enhanced reefs. This could, then, be our best bet if we want to try and get a revival happening.


While it’s still early days, it’s not something that we can rely upon to fix the problem permanently. That needs far more radical action and it needs us to take the impact of our behavior seriously. 

All of us.

At the moment, humanity appears to be in a stalemate. Big business wants everyday people to take the brunt of the work, while everyday people want big business to lead the way.

Until we get more co-operation from all sectors of society, though, this is not going to get any better. If anything, the problem is only going to get worse. We need to find decisive action, and we have to take that action. 

If we don’t, we know what will be left of the beautiful coral reefs found across the world?