Coral Spawning - Sept 2022 - Bonaire

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Coral spawning is a special time of the year when various coral species release gametes into the ocean where they get distributed, fertilized, and hopefully get settled to create new colonies. Scientists make the best estimates based on number of days after full moon + year over year data and publish a schedule every year for the best times to observe each species of coral for a given region.

All the footage in this video is from one night: Sept 16, 2022
Location: Bonaire (Hato region), Caribbean.
Following species were observed.
• Boulder Star Coral (Orbicella franksi) – 10:04-10:12pm
• Great Star Coral (Montastraea cavernosa) – Male Smoking - 8:33pm (only about a minute)
• Smooth Flower Coral (Eusmilia fastigiata) - 1 instance of eggs being released - 7:49-8:00pm - Female
• Lobed Star Coral (Orbicella annularis) - Bundles released - 10:28-10:36pm

Dive durations:
Dive01: 7:23pm - 8:57pm (1hr34min)
Dive02: 9:44pm - 11:08pm (1hr24min)

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Check out my Underwater Photography:
Great star coral, Montastraea cavernose, Boulder Brain Coral

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