Hard coral 'orgy' in Singapore peaks a month later than usual peak spawning season

A hard coral from the genus Platygyra, with an egg-and-sperm bundle about to be released, in the waters off Raffles Lighthouse.
A hard coral from the genus Platygyra, with an egg-and-sperm bundle about to be released, in the waters off Raffles Lighthouse.PHOTO: NICHOLAS CHEW

SINGAPORE - It would have been so easy to overlook them: apricot-pink specks, adrift in the inky-black sea off Raffles Lighthouse after nightfall.

But shortly after 8.30pm on April 30, the hard corals started releasing their bundles of sperm and eggs en masse, in an underwater orgy that was impossible to miss.

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