Will They Or Won't They?

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Coral spawning events are thought to be triggered by lunar and tidal cycles but they’re also vastly influenced by the temperature of the water. High sea surface temperatures (or SSTs for you acronymaniacs) stress out corals and stressed animals aren’t generally in the mood for love and reproduction. The Baums Laboratory at Penn State University has begun a weblog this week that updates their research efforts in the Caribbean to document events and collect coral spawn for use towards the SECORE project. They’ve posted a few videos in fact which are worth a looksee if for no other reason than to understand kriesel systems (which incidently are the best friends of pelagic seahorse fry born in public aquaria that likewise need gentle circulating current and plenty of food to keep them happy).

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