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Hurricane destroyed reefs last year, NOAA finds

  • Researchers recently captured images of the damage from Hurricane Walaka in October to Rapture Reef at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

  • 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.

  • COURTESY KAILEY PASCOE AND JAMES WATT / NOAA

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

Scientists returning from a 22-day expedition to Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument aboard NOAA Ship Rainier on Thursday announced their findings, including the destruction of a significant reef by Hurricane Walaka. Read more

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