THE LIVING WORLD OF CORAL

September 7 → 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Robert Rendall Building, ICIT, Stromness

Three researchers from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu describe a beautiful underwater world, vibrantly alive. Coral reefs are slowly built as homes by living creatures, and their spawning, when eggs and sperm are simultaneously released into the sea, is a mesmerising experience, says Dr Tan Chung Hong. He describes how the process is often synchronised by cues like the lunar cycle and shows images from Pulau Bidong in the South China Sea.

The reefs are a home for many other forms of life, and particularly a highly diverse and colourful range of fishes, and Dr Yusri Yusuf describes what can be found in the waters around Karak and the Pangkor islands in the Straits of Malacca. Corals can be the prey for some species of nudibranchs, colourful shell-less snails of the sea, and Dr Muhammad Hafiz Borkhanuddin describes the range of species and how citizen science projects are helping to map their distribution in Terengganu waters.

There is a break after the second talk for Malaysian-style refreshments.

The venue is the Lecture Theatre in the Robert Rendall Building at the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus. The building is on the site of the former primary school, with parking available at the old academy site nearby. Further details of the venue are in a site map online.

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