A journey through the reef

by Ámaris Wen Emersleben

A young coralkitten sets out on a journey through the coral reef searching for a shell.

  ‘They say that in the west, the corals have all disappeared,’ said the boy. ‘My father has sailed there sometimes. They say that the corals festered, and where they used to be only foul, red seaweed grows, and turns the Sea red.’

  ‘We eat corals,’ said Lagoona. ‘I can’t imagine a land where no corals are growing at all.’

  ‘We do not eat corals, so I don’t care that much,’ said the boy. ‘But we eat fish, and the fish have grown fewer since the corals have started to fade. And our islands are being flooded more recently now that the corals have become sparse.’

Image: Ámaris Wen Emersleben

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