Coral laying eggs in night sea of Tokashiki

Coral laying eggs in night sea of Tokashiki

Coral eggs on Aharen beach at 10:20 p.m. on May 25 (Photograph provided by diving shop Shima Ashibi).

May 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of May 25, local divers confirmed that coral spawned in Tokashiki Island. This occurs once during the period from May to July each year.

Around 10:20 p.m., staghorn coral and Montipora spawned at the same time, which illuminated the dark ocean. Divers and other visitors enjoyed the scene. Coral laying eggs was confirmed one week earlier than the last year.

Yuriko Nishiura who runs a diving shop in the Tokashiki district, said, “I am moved every time I see the coral spawning. Pink colored eggs were ejected from the front edges of the coral, which colored the dark ocean. I felt as though I was in front of the universe.” A couple visiting from Kanagawa Prefecture, who have been to Tokashiki for holidays every year for 10 years, were impressed to see coral laying eggs for the first time.

(English translation by T&CT)

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