Unknown Depths

It was on a trip to the Cayman Islands, Little Cayman to be specific, that I acquired my conflicted sense of wonder and discomfort in the sea. I was a teenager, snorkling the surface waters of Bloody Bay while family descended the vertical cliff known as the Great Wall West. Below me to one side,…

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Spawn Skimming

Coral reefs spawn beneath a springtime full moon, sending up a synchronized release of countless coral eggs and sperm to mingle in the sea, sometimes across great distances. These form planulae, coral larvae, which first float to the water’s surface, then swim back down to the reef or seabed, and form new coral. And yet,…

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