Elkhorn coral spawning
Every August, researchers conduct night dives during a 2-5 day period to document pillar coral, elkhorn coral and staghorn coral spawning in the Florida Keys. Biologists observe this spawning activity annually to monitor the health of struggling coral species. Elkhorn coral is protected as a Threatened species by the Federal Endangered Species Act, and pillar coral is a state-listed threatened species. To learn more about our coral research and conservation efforts, visit our website.
This is a great shot of elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) spawning at Dry Tortugas National Park.
Photo credit: Brett Seymore, National Park Service