Male and Female Pillar Coral Spawn for First Documented Time in Keys
Author: Cammy Clark
Source: The Miami Herald
August 8, 2012
"At precisely 9:47 one night last week, corals shaped like Greek columns began spawning in shallow water off North Key Largo in a place known as Pillar Coral Forest.
The cloud of milky sperm was in clear view under a nearly full moon. Six minutes later, the girl pillar corals did their part for reproduction of the threatened species, releasing little white eggs that looked stringy when clumped together.
The three state research scientists who witnessed the event while scuba diving last Saturday night would have cheered had they not had regulators in their mouths."
To read the full text of this article, click here.