( CNN) There is a big difference between dead and dying.
Outside Magazine published a somewhat tongue-in-cheek obituary for the Great Barrier Reef earlier the coming week, quoting its lifespan from 25 million BC-2 016. The article detailed the life of the reef, its active membership in the ecological community, its worldwide notoriety and the coral bleaching that has led to its degenerating health. “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old, ” read the article.