Florida Keys’ Coral Reefs to Reproduce by Moonlight

By: Terry Tomalin


Fill your tanks and head to the Florida Keys for a night dive. During the months of August and September, scuba divers can experience a rare natural phenomenon underwater when the coral reefs of the Florida Keys reproduce on the full moon.

Coral reefs are actually colonies of millions of living organisms and every summer, these creatures spawn under the light of the full moon. Divers can watch this underwater ritual that scientists have yet to fully understand.

Though the coral spawn cannot be guaranteed to happen on the exact date, this year full moons fall on Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 12. Divers can inquire with local dive operators about participating in scheduled coral spawning night dives on and around those dates.

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