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Mission to the Northwestern islands finds possible new species

  • COURTESY NOAA
    A deep reef fish community at 300 feet at Kure Atoll, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Every fish in the picture is a Hawaiian endemic species (not known from anywhere else except Hawaii). Deep reefs at Kure Atoll were discovered to have the highest levels of endemism known from any marine ecosystem on Earth.
  • COURTESY NOAA
    A curious Galapagos shark approaches NOAA scientist Randall Kosaki and his team as they slowly decompress on their way to the surface from a 300-foot dive at Pioneer Bank in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
  • COURTESY NOAA
    Kosaki showed possible new species of algae Wednesday aboard the NOAA research ship Hi‘ialakai, which just returned from a 28-day research expedition to explore the deep coral reefs in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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