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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Coral Spawning

A branching coral spawns pinkish egg-and-sperm bundles. These bundles will be carried by the currents until they encounter a match - a sperm fertilizes an egg and new life is created. Coral spawning usually occurs once a year in a certain month, on a specific night, and at a particular hour.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Eilat, Israel
Camera: ILCE-7RM3
Copyright: © Tom Shlesinger