Coral Sea Dreaming: Coral Spawning

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It is November on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. A full moon rises. Our oceans stir.

It’s an annual event, cued by the sun and the moon, the incredible phenomenon that is mass coral spawning.

Somehow individual species spawn together, sometimes down to the minute, so the coral eggs have more chance to be fertilized and begin a new colony.

Many other creatures choose the same conditions to spawn, and the reef waters are transformed into a vast liquid womb, clouded with eggs and sperm.

By daybreak, vast slicks on the surface mark their passage.

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