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Male and Female Pillar Coral Spawn for First Documented Time in Keys


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Author: Cammy Clark

Source: The Miami Herald

August 8, 2012

"At precisely 9:47 one night last week, corals shaped like Greek columns began spawning in shallow water off North Key Largo in a place known as Pillar Coral Forest.

The cloud of milky sperm was in clear view under a nearly full moon. Six minutes later, the girl pillar corals did their part for reproduction of the threatened species, releasing little white eggs that looked stringy when clumped together.

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