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Dive 03: Coral Hotspot

On March 11, scientists explored Carondelet Reef within the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. This was the first deep dive ever conducted in the area. The dive was the most biologically diverse of the dives on the expedition thus far, with scientists documenting at least 32 species of corals, over 21 species of other invertebrates, and five species of fishes.

 

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific MPAs.

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