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Spawning together in a vibrant display of life

Background imageSpawning Collection: Horseshoe Crab Reeds Beach, New Jersey, USA

Horseshoe Crab Reeds Beach, New Jersey, USA
JZ-1983 Horseshoe Crab Reeds Beach, New Jersey, USA. Limulus polyphemus Jim Zipp Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageSpawning Collection: Sea cucumber

Sea cucumber (Thelenota sp.) spawning. Microscopic sex cells (gametes) are being released to allow fertilisation (the fusing of a male and a female sex cell)

Background imageSpawning Collection: Don t worry about me! by G. E Studdy

Don t worry about me! by G. E Studdy
Colour illustration by George Ernest Studdy (1878-1948) showing Bonzo the dog being cuddled by his lady owner. Studdy created Bonzo for The Sketch magazine in the early 1920s

Background imageSpawning Collection: Chinook salmon - leaping falls during migration to its spawning area. Pacific Northwest. LX317

Chinook salmon - leaping falls during migration to its spawning area. Pacific Northwest. LX317
TOM-1007 Chinook salmon - leaping falls during migration to its spawning area. Pacific Northwest. Oncorhynchus tshawytscha Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes

Background imageSpawning Collection: Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms

Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan

Background imageSpawning Collection: Horseshoe Crab FG 5658 Spawning beach Limulus polyphemus © Francois Gohier / ARDEA LONDON

Horseshoe Crab FG 5658 Spawning beach Limulus polyphemus © Francois Gohier / ARDEA LONDON
FG-5658 HORSESHOE / KING CRAB, SPAWNING BEACH Limulus polyphemus Francois Gohier Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageSpawning Collection: Grayling (Thymallus) migrating to spawning in the Temnik River, Lake Baikal, Baikalsky Reserve

Grayling (Thymallus) migrating to spawning in the Temnik River, Lake Baikal, Baikalsky Reserve, Siberia, Russia. May

Background imageSpawning Collection: Just a wee note by G. E Studdy

Just a wee note by G. E Studdy
Illustration by George Ernest Studdy (1878-1948) showing Bonzo the dog, dressed in a tartan tam o shanter playing the Scottish bagpipes

Background imageSpawning Collection: I m dropping in soon by G. E Studdy

I m dropping in soon by G. E Studdy
Colour illustration by George Ernest Studdy (1878-1948) showing his canine creation, Bonzo, parachuting through the sky. Studdy created Bonzo for The Sketch magazine in the early 1920s

Background imageSpawning Collection: USA, Washington State. Hood Canal, Salish Sea, bald eagle harassing great blue heron

USA, Washington State. Hood Canal, Salish Sea, bald eagle harassing great blue heron

Background imageSpawning Collection: Twinspot snapper (Lutjanus bohar) shoal rushing up to spawn, releasing a cloud of

Twinspot snapper (Lutjanus bohar) shoal rushing up to spawn, releasing a cloud of milky white sperm and eggs in the water column. Caroline Islands, Palau, November

Background imageSpawning Collection: The vertical reef wall at Shark Reef, Ras Mohammed, with Scalefin anthias

The vertical reef wall at Shark Reef, Ras Mohammed, with Scalefin anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) and soft corals (Dendronephthya spp.) Yellowsaddle goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus)

Background imageSpawning Collection: A female (in front) and male Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka

A female (in front) and male Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) over eggs in their spawning river. Adams River, British Columbia, Canada, October

Background imageSpawning Collection: Diver swimming with an aggregation of Cod (Gadus morhua) over a kelp forest

Diver swimming with an aggregation of Cod (Gadus morhua) over a kelp forest. These cod were gathered in early spring off the north coast of Iceland to spawn. Thorshofn, Iceland. North Atlantic Ocean

Background imageSpawning Collection: Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) pair spawning

Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) pair spawning. The larger male (behind) is lifting the female into the spawning rise on his pectoral fin, the smaller female (foreground) is releasing eggs

Background imageSpawning Collection: Spawning salmon dominate traffic in the Ozernaya River, Russia

Spawning salmon dominate traffic in the Ozernaya River, Russia
Spawning salmon with hook noses dominate traffic in the Ozernaya River. The biggest threat to salmon in Russia is poaching; Russia

Background imageSpawning Collection: Spawning salmon dominate traffic in the Ozernaya River, Russia

Spawning salmon dominate traffic in the Ozernaya River, Russia
Spawning salmon with hook noses dominate traffic in the Ozernaya River; Russia

Background imageSpawning Collection: Freshwater fishes: angling in Scotland - salmon-leap on the River Allan, 1862

Freshwater fishes: angling in Scotland - salmon-leap on the River Allan, 1862. Creator: Mason Jackson
Freshwater fishes: angling in Scotland - salmon-leap on the River Allan, [Scotland], 1862. View of...the active fish attempting to get into the upper waters in order to reach his spawning-ground...As

Background imageSpawning Collection: Tench (Tinca tinca) during spawning period amongst European watermilfoil

Tench (Tinca tinca) during spawning period amongst European watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), Sion, Valais canton, southwestern Switzerland

Background imageSpawning Collection: Pair of Rock beauty angelfish (Holacanthus tricolor) spawning at dusk

Pair of Rock beauty angelfish (Holacanthus tricolor) spawning at dusk. The larger male rubs against the flank of the female during the spawning rise

Background imageSpawning Collection: Giant barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) releases a large cloud of gametes as it

Giant barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) releases a large cloud of gametes as it spawns on a coral reef, while a Threadfin hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys aprinus) looks

Background imageSpawning Collection: Yellowtail tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) male and female turn belly to belly during spawning

Yellowtail tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) male and female turn belly to belly during spawning to ensure fertilization. Temple, Ras Umm Sid, Sharm El Sheikh, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea

Background imageSpawning Collection: Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) migrate up a small river near Bella Bella, British Columbia

Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) migrate up a small river near Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. September

Background imageSpawning Collection: Whitebelly damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster) pair spawning / laying eggs on a seafan

Whitebelly damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster) pair spawning / laying eggs on a seafan (Annella mollis). Ras Mohammed National Park, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea

Background imageSpawning Collection: Common frogs (Rana temporaria) spawning in garden pond, Warwickshire, England, UK, March

Common frogs (Rana temporaria) spawning in garden pond, Warwickshire, England, UK, March

Background imageSpawning Collection: Common toad (Bufo bufo) in a pond, with toad spawn and frogspawn, Coldharbour, Surrey

Common toad (Bufo bufo) in a pond, with toad spawn and frogspawn, Coldharbour, Surrey, England, UK, March. 2020VISION Book Plate

Background imageSpawning Collection: Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) travelling upstream on spawning migration, Adams river

Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) travelling upstream on spawning migration, Adams river, British Columbia, Canada, October Taken for the Freshwater Project

Background imageSpawning Collection: Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) in pool on upstream spawning migration, silhouetted against sky

Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) in pool on upstream spawning migration, silhouetted against sky. Quebec, Canada, August

Background imageSpawning Collection: RF- Pair of Rock beauties (Holacanthus tricolor) spawning at dusk

RF- Pair of Rock beauties (Holacanthus tricolor) spawning at dusk. The larger male rubs against the flank of female during the spawning rise. Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea

Background imageSpawning Collection: A Mountainous star coral (Montastraea faveolata) spawning at night, with gamete bundle

A Mountainous star coral (Montastraea faveolata) spawning at night, with gamete bundle being released from a coral polyp, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies, Caribbean Sea

Background imageSpawning Collection: Orange-finned anemonefish (Amphiprion chrysopterus) guarding their recently spawned red

Orange-finned anemonefish (Amphiprion chrysopterus) guarding their recently spawned red eggs on a rock next to the host anemone. Rock Islands, Palau, Micronesia. Tropical west Pacific Ocean

Background imageSpawning Collection: Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) split level view of annual spawning run, Adams River

Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) split level view of annual spawning run, Adams River, British Columbia, Canada, October

Background imageSpawning Collection: Male Atlantic salmon {Salmo salar} leaping, migrating upstream to spawn, Perthshire

Male Atlantic salmon {Salmo salar} leaping, migrating upstream to spawn, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, October

Background imageSpawning Collection: Sergeant Major Fish school (Abudefduf saxatilis or pintano) on a coral reef in the Red Sea, Egypt

Sergeant Major Fish school (Abudefduf saxatilis or pintano) on a coral reef in the Red Sea, Egypt. Snorkeling scuba and diving background

Background imageSpawning Collection: Spawning Leaf corals (Pavona decussata). Spawning is synchronized over a large area with many

Spawning Leaf corals (Pavona decussata). Spawning is synchronized over a large area with many coral colonies, Kyushu, Japan, Pacific Ocean. July

Background imageSpawning Collection: Pair of Peppermint basslets (Liopropoma rubre) spawning at sunset

Pair of Peppermint basslets (Liopropoma rubre) spawning at sunset, with eggs floating alongside the female, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Caribbean Sea

Background imageSpawning Collection: DDE-90036789

DDE-90036789
Greenland, Underwater view of shoals of Capelin (Mallotus villosus) spawning in shallows near Eqip Glacier along Disko Bay Date: 17/07/2007

Background imageSpawning Collection: DDE-90036787

DDE-90036787
Greenland, Shoals of spawning Capelin (Mallotus villosus) beach themselves on rocky shelf in shallows near Eqip Glacier along Disko Bay Date: 17/07/2007

Background imageSpawning Collection: DDE-90036788

DDE-90036788
Greenland, Underwater view of shoals of Capelin (Mallotus villosus) spawning in shallows near Eqip Glacier along Disko Bay Date: 17/07/2007

Background imageSpawning Collection: Spawning Coho salmon swimming upstream on the Nehalem River in the Tillamook State Forest, Oregon

Spawning Coho salmon swimming upstream on the Nehalem River in the Tillamook State Forest, Oregon, USA

Background imageSpawning Collection: Fish development from spawn and juvenile anatomy

Fish development from spawn and juvenile anatomy
Fish spawn on vegetation, fish growth from egg to larvae to fingerling, and anatomy of a juvenile fish. Handcolored copperplate engraving from Gottlieb Tobias Wilhelms Encyclopedia of Natural History

Background imageSpawning Collection: Female Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, and fishing methods

Female Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, and fishing methods using nets and grills across a river during spawning season. Handcolored copperplate engraving after Jacob Nilson from Gottlieb Tobias

Background imageSpawning Collection: Mackerel fishing methods, pilot fish and painted mackerel

Mackerel fishing methods, pilot fish and painted mackerel
Mackerel fishing methods: walled channels and grate to catch spawning mackerel with the tide 47a, and fishermen in boats unfurling nets to encircle a school of mackered 47b

Background imageSpawning Collection: Fish Culture at the Chateau d Orval, near Florenville, Belgium (engraving)

Fish Culture at the Chateau d Orval, near Florenville, Belgium (engraving)
1624842 Fish Culture at the Chateau d Orval, near Florenville, Belgium (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Fish Culture at the Chateau d Orval)

Background imageSpawning Collection: Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) migrate up river, Vancouver Island, Canada

Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) migrate up river, Vancouver Island, Canada

Background imageSpawning Collection: Fisherman fishing for salmon on the banks of a river near a waterfall

Fisherman fishing for salmon on the banks of a river near a waterfall
6337441 Fisherman fishing for salmon on the banks of a river near a waterfall by Howitt, Samuel (1756-1822) (after); (add.info.: Fisherman fishing for salmon on the banks of a river near a waterfall)

Background imageSpawning Collection: Fish-Breeding, a Surrey Trout-Farm (engraving)

Fish-Breeding, a Surrey Trout-Farm (engraving)
1626805 Fish-Breeding, a Surrey Trout-Farm (engraving) by Paget, Walter (1863-1935); Private Collection; (add.info.: Fish-Breeding, a Surrey Trout-Farm)

Background imageSpawning Collection: Salmon spawning hole in forest near Haines, Alaska, Tongass National Forest

Salmon spawning hole in forest near Haines, Alaska, Tongass National Forest



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Spawning together in a vibrant display of life. The male Leach's sea star gracefully releases streams of sperm from its arms, creating a mesmerizing underwater spectacle in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. This breathtaking moment captured by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022 - Underwater category winner showcases the beauty and diversity of marine life. Meanwhile, on Reeds Beach in New Jersey, USA, Horseshoe Crabs gather to engage in their annual spawning ritual. These ancient creatures emerge from the depths of the ocean to lay their eggs along sandy shores, leaving behind fascinating patterns that tell tales of survival and resilience. In another corner of the oceanic world, Sea cucumbers play their part in nature's grand cycle. These peculiar creatures release clouds of eggs or sperm into the water during spawning season as they contribute to maintaining balance within marine ecosystems. Amidst all this natural wonderment, G. E Studdy's whimsical illustrations remind us not to worry about life's uncertainties. Just like Horseshoe Crabs dropping onto spawning beaches or Chinook salmon leaping through falls during migration towards their spawning grounds in Pacific Northwest rivers – there is always a purposeful journey ahead. The female limpet delicately releases a stream of eggs into Hokkaido's waters while Grayling fish migrate with determination towards Lake Baikal's Temnik River for their own unique spawning experience. Nature never ceases to amaze us with its intricate processes and interconnectedness. As we marvel at these wonders beneath the surface, let us also appreciate the vibrant coral reefs teeming with life at Shark Reef in Ras Mohammed. Scalefin anthias dance amidst colorful corals on vertical reef walls—a testament to nature's artistry and resilience. Lastly but certainly not leastly are Sockeye salmon swimming side by side—males and females united on their arduous journey upstream for one ultimate purpose: spawning.