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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.

PHOTO BY SHANE DOWN

So it be­gins: an acro­p­ora co­pral be­gins re­leas­ing eggs

and sperm into the wa­ter dur­ing the mass co­ral spawn

at Low Isles

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