Maui Ocean Center Holds Special Moonlight Event

Maalaea, Hawaii, August 1 (DHN) – If you are in Maui this Tuesday, August 2, head over to the Maui Ocean Center for an incredible evening. Coral experts from the center believe that rice coral will spawn between 7:30 to 9:30 pm on Tuesday evening, making this the thing to do in Maui!
Every summer, between April and September, a variety of coral spawn here in the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii is home to cauliflower, mushroom, finger, lace and rice coral. Each of these coral spawn during different phases of the moon. Rice coral consistently spawn 3 to 5 days after a new moon. Rice coral spawning is considered by many experts to be the easiest to watch. It is fascinating to watch the clear waters fill with tiny pearl-shaped eggs and mix with sperm in order to reproduce. During the event coral expert Pauline Fiene will educate guests with a presentation on coral spawning. Along with the presentations, the center will show underwater video footage from last year’s rice coral spawning.

A Great Evening in Maui

Please note that the Maui Ocean Center cannot guarantee that the rice coral will spawn during the event. Nature does not always cooperate, but regardless, guests will enjoy free dessert and coffee while waiting for the rice coral to spawn. With limited spacing available, reservations are required. Tickets for adults will be $27 and children (3 to 12) are $22. Watching coral spawn here in Hawaii is an amazing experience for children and adults alike! As you can see in the video below at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, coral spawning can be quite dynamic. When these coral spawn at Ningaloo Reef, whale sharks migrate each year to the West coast of Australia to feed during the months of May and June.

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