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Scientists grasping at straws while trying to protect infant corals from hungry fish

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By DAVID FISCHER

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Interesting solution to the problem, but of course this only makes it so an intervention that is currently so costly that is impractical is not wasted by predation, the next step would be to make the coral restoration less cost intensive so it (and the cages) can be deployed in large scales, enough to make a difference.

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"Parrot fish on the reef really, really enjoy biting a newly transplanted coral," Pisano said. “They treat it kind of like popcorn."

Another example of the natural occurrences that have been going on for millions of years.

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Another example of the natural occurrences that have been going on for millions of years.

No, this is not an example of a natural occurrence, the coral is suffering because of the increase of the global temperature, something dependent on the human activity derived climate change, by definition this is not something natural but artificial.

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South Florida researchers trying to prevent predatory fish from devouring laboratory-grown coral are grasping at biodegradable straws in an effort to restore what some call the rainforest of the sea.

Fish are a part of nature--eating is natural.

No, this is not an example of a natural occurrence, the coral is suffering because of the increase of the global temperature, something dependent on the human activity derived climate change, by definition this is not something natural but artificial.

The fish aren't made of plastic.

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Fish are a part of nature--eating is natural.

But what they are eating (transplanted coral) is not, which invalidates completely your point.

The fish aren't made of plastic.

Well, good that you can get that, still, corals requiring transplantation to avoid an ecological disaster because of human activity derived climate change is not natural, it is a completely artificial process.

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Experts say coral reefs are a significant part of the oceanic ecosystem.

A natural part of a natural process.

And the fish have to eat too.

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A natural part of a natural process.

It's a process, yes, it's nature reacting to anthroposophical climate change. But you should be careful to not overemphasize "natural", you risk giving the impression of being one of those who deny that humans are involved in it.

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you risk giving the impression of being one of those who deny that humans are involved in it.

Unfortunately that is the only "argument" people with antiscientific basis have left now, since climate change has been proved beyond any reasonable doubt the exit is to pretend it is a natural process, when in fact is as natural as coral transplantation.

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"Parrot fish on the reef really, really enjoy biting a newly transplanted coral," Pisano said. “They treat it kind of like popcorn."

Fish will do what they do. They are part of the natural cycle. Simple concept.

Fish have to eat too, and there is scientific consensus for this, so why deny it?

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Fish will do what they do. They are part of the natural cycle. Simple concept.

Transplanted coral is not, so it is completely invalid to call it a part of a natural process, it would be as appropriate as calling the internet a product of nature since electricity is a natural phenomenon.

Fish have to eat too, and there is scientific consensus for this, so why deny it?

Who denies that fish eat? what is not natural is the whole process, specially the part where human activity derived climate change is what is making so important for humans to transplant coral, that is what is in no way natural.

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Transplanted coral is not, so it is completely invalid to call it a part of a natural process, it would be as appropriate as calling the internet a product of nature since electricity is a natural phenomenon.

There is nothing fake about the fish,

What is your source that states the fish are not natural?

Who denies that fish eat? what is not natural is the whole process, specially the part where human activity derived climate change is what is making so important for humans to transplant coral, that is what is in no way natural.

You deny the fish are even real! Did you read the article?

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There is nothing fake about the fish,

No part of the text you quote said the fish is fake, simply that the whole process can't be called natural, this is easy to prove the moment you could not make any argument against it.

You deny the fish are even real! Did you read the article?

Making nonsensical claims that nobody else have made is proof enough that your claim is unrelated to anything anybody else have said in the topic. Nobody has claimed the fish are not real. Why quote something and them make up things? is is to make it more clear you could not discuss the text that is actually in the quote?

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Transplanted coral is not, so it is completely invalid to call it a part of a natural process, it would be as appropriate as calling the internet a product of nature since electricity is a natural phenomenon.

If you read the article you will see that the fish are actually----fish.

It's all part of Mother Nature's scheme.

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