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Rebirth of the Forest

January 30, 2015

Healthy fore reef slope with large Porites lobata colonies and table acroporids

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Expedition Log: Palau – Day 8 1998 was a bad year for coral reefs. In many parts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans an unprecedented coral bleaching event swept across the reefs, killing much of the coral.  In some countries, …

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Swimming with the Jellies

January 28, 2015

Swimming with Golden Jellyfish, Mastigias papua etpisoni

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Expedition Log: Palau – Day 7 I felt like I was floating in an emerald green broth chock full of mushrooms.  Thousands of mushrooms, actually more like 13 million mushrooms. I dove to the depths and looked up, rays of …

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A Big Mouth

January 26, 2015

long-jawed mackerel

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Expedition Log: Palau – Day 6 When our benthic team is conducting surveys, we are usually looking down at the benthos, concentrating and writing furiously on our dive slates. We often come back to the boat and hear excited questions …

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Fragile Flowers

January 23, 2015

Delicate lettuce corals, Leptoseris explanata

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Expedition Log: Palau – Day 5 Usually we find the most delicate corals in protected deeper lagoonal waters.  Species such as Anacropora, a cousin of Acropora which forms bushes of long spindly branches, up to a meter tall but only …

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Longjawed Mackerel: A Real 'Big Mouth'

January 21, 2015

The Long-jawed Mackerel: A Real 'Big Mouth'

Longjawed Mackerel filtering zooplankton from the water for food.

Palau’s Rock Islands Southern Lagoon:…

January 21, 2015

Palau’s Rock Islands Southern Lagoon: What does it mean to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage?

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Expedition Log: Palau – Day 4 Today, as we prepare to leave the Rock Islands and head to Negerumekao – the Global Reef Expedition’s next research site in Palau – we take a minute to reflect on the stunning natural …

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The Bait Grounds

January 19, 2015

Neberuktabel Rock Island

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Expedition Log: Palau – Day 3 Today we surveyed reefs in the Ngeruktabel complex of the Rock Islands, which are located south of Malakal harbor.  The area is known locally as the “bait grounds” because local fishermen use small nets …

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Raging Remoras

January 16, 2015

Remoras at Palau.

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Expedition Log: Palau – Day 2 Remoras are a unique type fish. They use their distinctive specialized dorsal fin to attach to larger marine animals for transportation, protection and food. These fish are most commonly seen underwater hitching a free …

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Palau’s Iconic Rock Islands

January 14, 2015

Rock Islands, Nikko Bay, Palau

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Expedition Log: Palau – Day 1 We’ve embarked on our next research mission of the Global reef Expedition to Palau, a Freely Associated State with strong ties to the United States.  Palau is is in the western Pacific, fairly close …

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