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Published: 27-Jun-12 13:19:00
Source: Breaking Travel News
Related: 10-Apr-10 23:11:09
The fascinating natural phenomenon that coral spawning is and which happens only once a year during a limited time period, has been announced to take place in St lucia between 6-9th September 2012, giving guests a unique window of opportunity to take scuba diving holidays in the island to witness this magical natural event. During this time the Anse Chastanet Resort will be offering special night dives in the beach facing the hotel.
This summer scuba divers heading to the Caribbean island of St Lucia are in for a very special treat as they will get the opportunity of witnessing the miraculous coral spawning, one of the most spectacular events of the mysterious underwater world.
As it turns out, one of the rare places where divers can witness such a phenomenon is at the Anse Chastanet Resort, where those booking scuba diving holidays this summer will have a rare chance to be part of the coral spawning process, one of nature’s most astonishing performances.
For the year 2012, coral spawning in St Lucia is expected to take place approximately one week after the last full moon of August, which is estimated to be around 6th – 9th September 2012. So if you plan a Caribbean getaway during these dates, make sure you head to St Lucia, and for the best experience make sure you stay at the Anse Chastanet Resort which is offering special night dives during this period to allow guests to witness this incredibly beautiful spectacle.
To get an idea of the amazing scuba diving experience you could be enjoying in St Lucia this September, coral spawning is a very special natural event that is often described as an upside down snowstorm. This optical effect is the result of the releasing of millions of egg and sperm cells spawning from the corals and appearing underwater as huge white and pick clouds that slowly drift to the surface where fertilisation takes place. The day after divers will find the sea to be partially covered by pink slicks of coral larvae, which represent the next generation of one of the ocean’s most vital and essential organisms. A few weeks after that the larvae settle downs on the bottom of the ocean to begin the process of reef building. Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? Well, you could be one of the lucky people witnessing this magical event if you plan ahead for scuba diving holidays in St Lucia in early September.
To celebrate this special annual event, Anse Chastanet’s PADI 5-star dive operation is offering prospective guests special night dives where the diving will be done on the Anse Chastanet reef, located just off the resort’s beach. But you don’t need to be an experienced or certified scuba diver to participate in the event, as snorkelers are also invited to participate as well.
Scuba diving in St Lucia is always a treat to the eyes and the senses, but it is more so during this special time of the year where nature provides a massive advantage to increase the survival of the larvae during the mass spawning process, producing huge numbers to overwhelm the predators, as fish and other organisms will eat large numbers of the larvae.
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