Red Hot Coral Spawning Action

Coral spawning occurs when multiple corals release their gametes at the same moment. The underwater love fests are triggered by the moon, temperature, and mood music (Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe). All this sexual activity underwater can trigger other organisms to join in. Basically little colored balls consisting of both sperm and eggs, wrapped in a mucus, detach and float away. These love packets eventually break apart due to water movement. Now the real action happens were sperm and eggs seek each other out. When a match occurs, the development of the larvae ensues that hangs in the water column for a few weeks before settling on the seafloor.

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One Reply to “Red Hot Coral Spawning Action”

  1. “when a match occurs”

    Sounds like the coral version of ‘The Dating Game’!

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