|Coral Spawning volunteers on the KML R/V Diadon|
Despite lovely weather, great marine themed humor (Thanks to Shelby), good company and mood music provided by Sir Elton John, we did not in fact “Feel the love tonight.” There were reports from many other places in the Caribbean of Montastrea species spawning including the Upper Keys, Mexico, Belize and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some worry was beginning to creep into our minds and hearts that the Middle Keys was not going to reproduce this year.....
|Waving the lucky coral spawning wand over a Montastrea colony|
While we don’t understand exactly why reefs vary in this way, in previous years we have observed that some areas within the Keys will spawn and others won’t. We will keep an optimistic outlook however, get a good night’s sleep and head back to the reef tomorrow for our final planned collecting trip. With this type of research, there are some things that are just out of our control, thus we wait……..