18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Grouper Mass Spawning

The spawning of marbled groupers in French Polynesia. The mass aggregation and spawning of marbled groupers in French Polynesia is one of the rarest marine events in the world. Once year, between June to July, about ten thousand marbled groupers gather in a secret place just outside a lagoon in South Fakarava. During the spawning, the male grouper rubbed itself against the female to excite her. When the female was ready, she darted to the surface and an entire school of male groupers chased after her. In an explosive moment, the female laid her eggs and the male groupers quickly fertilized them, creating a cloud of new life.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: French Polynesia
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Mok Hoe