Late Summer Full Moons to Cue Spawning on Keys Coral Reefs

FLORIDA KEYS — Divers and snorkelers have an opportunity to witness a fascinating annual phenomenon among coral reefs as boulder and branching corals release millions of gametes in synchronized mass-spawning rituals.

Sparked by the August and September full moons, the rare and wondrous underwater exchange of gametes (eggs and sperm) means the continued survival of coral reefs including brain and star corals and the protected elkhorn and staghorn corals. 

The spectacular white excretion enables the eggs and sperm to enter … Read the rest