Canberra, Australia — Australia’s Great Barrier Reef spawns in explosive colors as the World Heritage-listed natural wonders recover from the life-threatening coral bleaching phenomenon.
Scientists recorded corals on Tuesday night, throwing sperm and eggs into the Pacific Ocean off the coastal city of Cairns, Queensland, fertilizing billions of offspring.
The spawning event lasts a few days.
A network of 2,500 coral reefs covering 134,000 square miles was hit hard by coral bleaching in 2016, 2017, and last year. Two-thirds of the coral was damaged by bleaching.
Gareth Phillips, a marine scientist at Reef Teach, a tourism and education business, is studying spawning as part of a project to monitor Reef’s health.
“It’s nice to see coral reefs give birth,” Phillips said in a statement Wednesday. “It is a powerful demonstration that its ecological function is intact and functions after being in the recovery phase for more than 18 months.”
“Coral reefs have experienced their own problems as we all have, but we can still deal with them. It gives us hope. When we get out of the pandemic, we all I think we have to focus on winning, “added Philips.