Once per year on the Great Barrier Reef, corals release sperm and eggs en masse — but only under a full moon.
Only under a full Moon, the Ephedra foeminea plant releases sweet, sticky nectar to attract pollinators to spread its pollen.
Gideon Pisanty (Gidip) / CC BY
A full moon acts like an alarm clock for the tropical bird, Barau’s Petrel. Under the light of a full moon, the birds gather to mate.
Maans Booysen/Birding Weto
Even tiny animals like the marine worm Platynereis dumerilii take cues from moonlight. The tiny worms’ reproductive cycle follows the monthly lunar cycle.