Marine biologists are concerned about the genetic health of many endangered coral species. This short film follows a team of scientists as they attempt to use cryopreserved coral sperm to introduce DNA to new populations of elkhorn coral. If this technique works, it could have a lasting impact on how conservationists are able to protect and restore endangered corals from near-extinction.
Accessible for free April 18-25.
Director: Roshan Patel
Producer: Roshan Patel
Duration: 9min 46sec
Category: Short Short
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Creature Feature: Elkhorn Coral