Hurricane Heaves ''Tsunami'' on Bahamas Island

Hurricane Heaves ''Tsunami'' on Bahamas Island
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Square cement footings sprout from the sand where tourist bungalows once sat at the Paradise Cove resort on the island of Grand Bahama.

The massive storm surge from Hurricane Wilma that swept buildings off their foundations also damaged the nearby coral outcrop called Deadman's Reef (background).

Powerful sea swells broke off large chunks of the reef and destroyed colonies of sea fan coral, according to resort owner Barry Smith.

But some reef damage could be beneficial for fish, he said.

"The parrotfish, the angelfish, the triggerfish, they all eat the [broken] coral," Smith said. "And also when the coral beaks up it produces a lot of organisms in the water, and the fish feed off that, too. After every storm we get a lot more fish activity."

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