Mass spawning of coral in the Red Sea this week

exciting news:

Scientific breakthrough

by hepca – Caring for the Red Sea (official) on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 9:24am ·

HEPCA’s scientific research team headed by Professor Mahmoud Hanafy and Dr Mohammed Kotb, associated with two researchers from the Nature Conservation Sector of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) Mr. Tamer Moner and Mr. Islam El Sadek had the opportunity to study a remarkable mass spawning involving Acropora species, a group of common hard corals, occurred a few days ago. This was the first scientific observation ever done in the Egyptian Red Sea!

Mass spawning is an event of synchronized reproduction described in the mid-1980s and aiming at maximizing chances of fertilization: the coral colonies would release in the water their gametes (eggs and sperm) in large quantity, simultaneously and over a very limited time interval, the coordination of the release dependent on environmental, biological and chemical factors.

The event is known to occur only in tropical areas and is usually associated with the full moon. Information available from the Egyptian Red Sea is a results of a decade of studies carried out by various researchers and institutes.

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