Some of the island’s powerboat racers could be seen zooming past the coral spawn as they made their way through the east end during the Around the Island race yesterday [Aug 12], as small sections of the island’s waters took on a coral/pinkish tinge as a result of coral spawning.
Coral spawn — a sign the coral reefs are reproducing — is usually pink/salmon in colour and it may be observed in large patches on different parts of the platform. The corals will generally spawn for three days, although some species may spawn for longer.
The Department of Environmental Protection previously said that the coral spawn is a natural phenomenon and not to be confused with pollution, saying “The spawn is nothing to be concerned about and is actually a good sign as the coral reefs are reproducing and the spawn will go on to form new corals around the island.”
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