Expedition Phoenix Islands: Blog from the Boat

Fish in Nikumaroro Reef

We headed to the eastern point of the islands were the water currents whip across it and the windward side waves break in long rolling white walls. In a group, we all grabbed our science gear and cameras, and fell into the water.

After the bubbled cleared, I was at 10 feet and descending. The water was clear, really clear. I could see over 100 feet in all directions. There were about 150 barracuda, 300 travelly and 6 gray reef sharks all around us.

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Gregory Stone is the Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist for Oceans with Conservation International and PIPA Expedition Leader

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