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Scientists surface with tales of species unknown

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Tuesday aboard the ship Hiialakai, Bishop Museum deep-sea diver Richard Pyle, left, and Randall Kosaki displayed their “rebreather” scuba gear, which allows divers to spend more time at greater depths.
  • COURTESY NOAA AND COURTNEY COUCH / HAWAI‘I INSTITUTE OF MARINE BIOLOGY
    Bleached coral (Montipora flabellata) at Lisianski Island. All of the pale coral is bleached because of thermal stress. The lavender-colored coral in the left foreground retained its normal healthy pigmentation.
  • RICHARD PYLE / BISHOP MUSEUM
    Pictured above is Struhsaker’s damselfish (Chromis struhsakeri), photographed at 280 feet at Pearl and Hermes Atoll. It is a rare deep-water Hawaii endemic coral reef fish known from submersible observations but never before seen or photographed by divers.

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