November 23, 2017

Aquarium hopes to turn tide for coral

HULL aquarium The Deep is taking part in an international coral conservation project, and creating its own coral “life support system”.

A member of staff has just returned from the Pacific island of Guam, where he witnessed a massive coral-spawning event.

Described as an “amazing feat of nature”, it happens once a year over two consecutive nights after a full moon.

The coral release their gametes (sperm and eggs) which float to the surface where fertilisation takes place and larvae are formed.

The larvae then swim to the bottom, attach themselves to rocks and become tiny polyps which eventually form coral.

Guam is

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