Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Coral Spawn

This is what coral spawn looks like. We'd been at sea for more than a week, sailing from Vanuatu to Australia when we came across this slimy orange slick that stretched from horizon to horizon. We tried to maneuver around clumps, thinking it was a chemical or oil spill, but eventually gave up and plowed through. We even went as far as to gather samples for submital to whatever environmental police there might be, but fortunately never filed a complaint. Once we arrived in Bundaberg, we learned that it was coral spawning season, and we were sailing over the top of the Great Barrier Reef after all.

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