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CORAL BREAKTHROU­GH

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THE Florida Aquarium has made history by becoming the first to reproduce ridged cactus coral in captivity.

Video and photograph­s of the ridged cactus coral larvae – and the moment they are spawned [released into the water] – have been captured for the first time ever. The aquarium has now successful­ly reproduced eight species of coral.

“These advances give us hope that the round-the-clock work we are doing will make a difference to help conserve this species and save these animals from extinction,” said Florida Aquarium senior coral scientist Keri O’Neil.

The work is part of a collaborat­ion between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservati­on Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheri­c Administra­tion’s National Marine Fisheries Service, which aims to save the Florida Reef Tract from extinction. The Florida Reef Tract spreads across 270km but is under threat, just like many coral reefs around the world.

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A ridged cactus coral (left) and its larvae (right)

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