Wednesday, August 12, 2009

First signs of spawning Tues Night

Coral divers changing out air cylinders as the sun sets, preparing for the second dive of the night.

Divers entering the water at 10:30pm to check for spawning

After 3 days of diligent monitoring, the first of the coral spawn was announced at 11:30 pm Tues night. Divers tended the tented coral heads and snorkelers shuttled cups with gamete bundles to the boat.Dr. Mary Alice Coffroth (SUNY at Buffalo) sorting the collected gamete bundles

Positively-buoyant pinkish bundles breaking apart for fertilization

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