Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Chief coral scientist Keri O'Neill gestures in front of a tank of Pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindricus) just a few days before the animals would successfully spawn in an aquarium for the first time at a Florida Aquarium facility in Apollo Beach, Florida, August 14, 2019. Scientists in Florida have artificially induced reproductive spawning of an endangered Atlantic coral species for the first time in an aquarium setting. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Chief coral scientist Keri O'Neill cleans an aquarium full of Pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindricus) just a few days before the animals would successfully spawn in an aquarium for the first time at a Florida Aquarium facility in Apollo Beach, Florida U.S., August 14, 2019. Scientists plan to use their newly acquired expertise to breed new coral colonies that can one day repopulate the beleaguered Florida reef system. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Light illuminates an aquarium full of Pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindricus) just a few days before the animals would successfully spawn in an aquarium for the first time at a Florida Aquarium facility in Apollo Beach, Florida, August 14, 2019. Collaboration between the Florida and London facilities on the project began in 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Staff biologist Emily Williams cleans an aquarium full of Pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindricus) just a few days before the animals would successfully spawn in an aquarium for the first time at a Florida Aquarium facility in Apollo Beach, Florida U.S., August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Chief coral scientist Keri O'Neill speaks with staff biologist Emily Williams (L) in front of an aquarium full of Pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindricus) just a few days before the animals would successfully spawn in an aquarium for the first time at a Florida Aquarium facility in Apollo Beach, Florida, August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson