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When Diving in the Maldives Disappoints

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Brought up on a diet of National Geographic, I was once thrilled to travel to Borneo to photograph the last surviving headhunter (now retired). I was disappointed to find an elderly gentleman, heavily bespectacled, neatly groomed and wearing a brown lounge suit. Times change, and with them, so should our expectations.

He wished he'd known how bad the coral bleaching was.

The Maldives once featured spectacular coral banks that went on without end and continued from near the surface to more than 100 feet (30m) deep. When I visited in early 1998, visibility was unexpectedly poor. By the middle of the year, the colorful coral banks had transformed into dramatic white constructions akin to an Italian wedding cake. They had been subjected to a mass bleaching. By the fall of that year, it had all turned to rubble. I worried that my best friends, who had just invested in their own liveaboard, might go broke....

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