If you need a dose of inspiration, look no further than the Florida Aquarium. Today, officials from the aquarium announced that they witnessed ridged cactus coral giving birth.
According to scientists at the aquarium that this is the first time this type of coral has reproduced naturally in a lab. This event is extraordinarily encouraging for conservationists working to save Florida’s endangered coral reefs.
A chance to save Florida’s coral reefs
“You are witnessing a ridged cactus coral larvae that may one day save our Florida Reef Tract,” wrote Florida Aquarium officials in a Facebook post. “Until now, the larval release time of this coral had never been recorded. The Florida Aquarium is proud to make history once again, becoming the first in the world to reproduce this coral in human care.”
These adult corals were rescued as part of the The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project. The Florida Aquarium wanted to extend a thank you to their partners: MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife, NOAA Fisheries Service, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
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Research activities occurred within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and under permit.