Legacy to capture the sex life of coral
THE Port Douglas based Great Barrier Reef Legacy have started documenting the greatest sex show on the planet using some of the world’s best photographers and filmmakers.
photographer of the year Justin Gilligan and GBR Legacy founder Dr Dean Miller are on hand to capture the coral spawning event as part of the search for solutions expedition.
Spawning started “in dribs and drabs” earlier this week but was beginning to come alive, according to Dr Miller, who lives in Port Douglas.
“We are certainly all hoping tonight and tomorrow night will be the big event,” he said from the outer reef.
The Legacy team collected 40 live coral colonies from four different reefs to be tested by the Australian Institute of Marine science. They’ve been at sea for two weeks.
Dr Charlie Veron said a ‘super site’, originally found by the researches on last year’s expedition, has since been declared the most diverse coral site ever found.
“All of us here agree, this is by far and away the best site we all know of.
“It’s up here in the Far North where the bleaching was at its worst,” Dr Veron said, referring to the 2016 and 2017 bleaching events.
Jake Crosby, an education co-ordinator on the first leg of the trip, said four outer reefs also showed a high coral cover, diversity and supporting a multitude of marine life.
“While very positive and uplifting, this wasn’t a complete surprise, as evidence of this was seen during our first expedition,” he said.
“Sadly, the inshore reefs visited appeared to not fare as well and had very little coral cover.”