Coral spawning photograph

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While this photograph shows a healthy coral spawning, many conditions can prevent the corals from spawning. Studies show that corals that are stressed by disease, pollution, and extreme water temperatures will not spawn. The whole coral spawning event happens quickly. This spawning event was over in less than ten minutes.