The Kure Atoll is located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands where far fewer people go than the main islands of Hawaii. This special place is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
From the Photographer:
“Very little marine debris washes up in this area. “
Photo taken June 28, 2004 by Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NMFS/OPR, from NOAA’s Sanctuaries collection.
Schools of surgeon fish, chubs, and other reef fish search for food and friends at a coral reef in Maui. read more
A Hawaiian Monk Seal relaxes in the clear-water shallows of Hawaii. read more
A baby green sea turtle has a long road ahead as it scoots along a beach in the French Frigate Shoals toward its new home, the Pacific Ocean. read more
A spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris orientalis) demonstrates its jumping prowess for the camera while at play in the warm Pacific. read more
Two thin lines of white water created by surfers trickle down the front of a giant wave in Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore. read more
Designated as a National Monument, access to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, including Mokumanamana pictured here, is extremely limited and rarely seen. read more
A duo of Spinner Dolphins fly above calm blue ocean. read more
This easy to spot black, yellow and white gem is found abundantly in Hawaiian waters. The Moorish Idol got its name from the Moors of Africa, who thought the fish to be a bringer of happiness. read more
Two schools of fish swim on an apparently one way street toward their feeding grounds in the afternoon. read more
A shark makes its way through a school of fish who break ranks to keep the predator at a relatively safe distance off Oahu. read more
Here a humpback mother rears her calf just off Maui. It will take a couple of months before the calf is strong enough to make the long journey northward to their winter feeding grounds. read more