How does touching coral kill it?

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asked May 31, 2017 in Ocean Conservation by salturated (75 points)

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answered May 31, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
The biggest problem in touching is the risk of breakage which can kill a whole colony. Other threats are oils from your skin and hands. It is too fragile to be touched and handled by a thousand hands. Look and don't touch!
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answered Jun 1, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
sunscreens and oils can cause bleaching, when coral is bleached Alge can not live in the coral. Coral grows very slow and takes years to recover from breakage. Development of Coral farms off the Mexican coast along with research are making great strides in replenishing Reefs.
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