Montastraea faveolata releases gametes into the water

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The eggs and sperm of the many stony corals who reproduce by broadcast spawning, among other methods, begin to develop up to a year before they are to be released. Between 3 to 8 days (depending on the coral) after the full moon in August at approximately 3 hours after sunset these corals will simultaneously release millions of gametes into the water.