Get ready for the biggest sex show on the planet
to see the spawning at night, however we haven’t sent one out in almost five years now due to the risk of irukandji stingers,” he said.
A few days after the full moon, on a warm still summer’s night, the adult coral release millions of small white eggs and sperm into the water all at the same time.
The small white eggs float to the surface of the water leaving a beautiful white wispy trail and form slicks which can be 9km long and last up to 22 hours.
Schools of small fish feed on the millions of eggs and some are fertilised and settled on the ocean floor to develop into nature’s most beautiful coral.
“A number of our marine biologists have volunteered to go out on the boat to capture the spectacular sight,” Mr Hore said.
So it begins: an acropora copral begins releasing eggs
and sperm into the water during the mass coral spawn
at Low Isles