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Hurricane destroyed reefs last year, NOAA finds

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Researchers recently captured images of the damage from Hurricane Walaka in October to Rapture Reef at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
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COURTESY KAILEY PASCOE AND JAMES WATT / NOAA

A shark swims over a coral reef at Rapture Reef in French Frigate Shoals that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Walaka. Inset, fish swim near healthy corals at French Frigate Shoals prior to Hurricane Walaka.

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COURTESY KAILEY PASCOE AND JAMES WATT / NOAA

Fish swim near healthy corals at French Frigate Shoals prior to Hurricane Walaka.