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Coral spawning in Kenting on time this year

2012/04/13 23:03:42

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) The coral on the reef in Kenting National Park in southern Taiwan has spawned on time this year, an official with the Taiwanese Coral Reef Society said Friday.

Tsai Yung-chun said he and several others spotted two kinds of coral laying eggs Wednesday night, and four kinds the following night.

Tsai is one of a number of people who are commissioned by the park to observe the spawning, which usually takes place around the 23rd day of the third month on the Chinese calendar, which this year falls on April 13.

Because of the unseasonal weather, Tsai said, the spawning had come one month late than the past two years.

According to Tsai, his records show that over 30 of the 400 kinds of coral in waters around Kenting have spawned in the past 20 years.

With the high number of eggs laid Thursday night, Tsai said he planned to continue diving Friday night to see if the spawning will peak this month.

(By Kuo Chu-chen and Kay Liu)