Acropora cervicornis larvae collection

Steinhart Aquarium's Richard Ross  packing A. cervucirnis larvae.

Steinhart Aquarium’s Richard Ross packing A. cervucirnis larvae.

Every year, the endangered staghorn and elkhorn corals mass spawn. FLAQ leads a program involving several institutions – Florida Aquarium, Steinhart (California California Academy of Sciences), Georgia Aquarium, Coral Restoration Foundation, NOAA, University of Florida, Sea World, Akron Zoo – to better understand the spawning, and culture the larvae with the goal of being able to rebuild reef systems.

Team photo: Sea World's Justin Zimmerman, Florida Aquarium's Shawn Garner,  Rick Klobuchar, & Pete Mohan.

Team photo: Sea World’s Justin Zimmerman, Florida Aquarium’s Shawn Garner, Rick Klobuchar, & Pete Mohan.

Read more about the Coral Restoration Foundation and their amazing work: http://www.coralrestoration.org/spawning/

Swimming Acropora cervicornis larvae. So cool that coral babies swim before they settle down forever.

Posted by Richard Ross on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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