Four years after being planted on the Great Barrier Reef, corals grown in Australia's first offshore coral nursery have spawned for the first time. The Reef Restoration Foundation grew these corals to help rebuild degraded parts of the reef.
What is coral spawning?
Spawning is the release of thousands of eggs and sperm so new corals can be created. This usually happens in October and November after a full moon.
coral spawning: the release of thousands of eggs and sperm which leads to the creation of new corals
Great Barrier Reef: the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs
offshore: a location beyond the shore, especially beyond the surf line
coral nursery: a place where corals are grown
degraded: damaged or lowered in quality
spawn: to lay eggs
sperm: the male sex cell which fertilizes the female egg
coral farming: the cultivation of coral in an effort to restore reefs
Do you think that coral farming is a good way to help rebuild the Great Barrier Reef?
What do you think are some other ways to help rebuild the Great Barrier Reef?
Do you think that people should be more conscientious of the things they do that could harm the Great Barrier Reef?