Easter eggs

Over the Easter weekend, coral colonies in the shallow fringing reefs of the Southern Islands of Singapore have been busy – spawning.

Most corals spawn at exactly the same time. During a mass spawning, the water is filled with brightly colored bundles of eggs and sperm. Corals typically spawn only once a year, when the moon and tides are just right.

The pictures below were taken on 4 Apr 2010 between 8pm and 10pm at the Raffles Lighthouse.

Platygyra sp.

Platygyra sp.

Goniastrea retiformis

Pentinia paoenia

Click on the links below for information on the coral spawning workshop conducted in Singapore:

[Photographs by Tan Heok Hui]

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