Anse Chastanet’s Experts Predict 2015 Coral Spawning to Take Place Over 5th and 6th SeptemberCoral Spawning happens once a year and is one of nature’s most spectacular and rare performances. A handful of guests at Anse Chastanet, St Lucia, are lucky enough to witness this marvel annually as the natural wonder occurs right off the beaches of this charming resort.
Each year, Anse Chastanet’s scuba diving team incredibly and accurately predicts the night spawning and prepares to take novice and experienced divers and snorkellers to observe the remarkable phenomenon which turns the seas yellow and pink. This year the event runs over 5th and 6th September.
Accompanied at night by Anse Chastanet’s skilled in-house scuba staff, divers and snorkellers will be able to witness the mesmerising fertilisation process of both coral and various other reef inhabitants.
What is coral spawning and why is this so rare?
First discovered in the 1980's at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, this annual mass reproduction phenomenon is now known to be critical to coral reef – and our own ecosystem’s - survival. Tropical coral reefs, although out of sight, are essential to our world-wide food chains.
Each year, coral release millions of packets of egg and sperm cells that appear as massive underwater clouds of white and pink upward moving “snowfall”. After they drift to the surface for fertilisation, the sea will be partially covered by the slicks of coral larvae before they settle to the bottom destined to build the next generation of these vital ocean organisms.
While much of the coral spawning process remains a mystery, scientists from all over the world study these miraculous events, and now know that triggers of this annual wonder are the right combination of temperature, day length, rate of temperature change, lunar cycles, time of sunset, and chemical synchrony.
The ideal time for the release of the reproductive cells is a week or so after a full August moon. It happens an hour or two after sunset with the cover of darkness increasing the chances of larvae survival by overwhelming fish predators.
This spawning phase of reproduction is now known to be a weak link to world-wide coral reef survival as it can only happen when conditions are just right; it is the phase most sensitive to human activity, non-point source pollution, and climate change.
As the world’s coral reefs are being decimated by the effects of global warming, this unique reproductive process takes on even further significance. Thankfully, Anse Chastanet has made a conscious effort for nearly 20 years to protect the reef from harm due to it exemplary and progressive sustainable designs and architecture; by minimising impervious surfaces, keeping shorelines green and stable, and completely preventing runoff from entering the water – Anse Chastanet successfully preserves this wonder for future generations.
Weekly package dive deals at Anse Chastanet start at US 2389/£1,526* per person on a double occupancy. A $200/£128* per person per week credit is currently offered for travel now until 19th December 2015, if the dive deal is booked prior to 31st August 2015. See more at: http://scubastlucia.com/wheretostay.html#diveSpecial *Prices in pound sterling accurate as of today’s exchange rate
The special package includes:
Seven nights run of house accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all tax/service, welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival, 12 beach or boat dives including tank, weights, belt, mask, snorkel, fins ( other equipment at a charge if needed, marine park fee to be paid locally ) complimentary non-motorised water sports. A marine park fee of US15 / £33 is to be paid locally.
Nightly rates at Anse Chastanet start from US 365/ £233 per room based on double occupancy. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT