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.
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
Gin Island in the French Frigate Shoals is part of what is collectively known as the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. 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
Two schools of fish swim on an apparently one way street toward their feeding grounds in the afternoon. read more
A beautiful ocean sunset seen from Hawaii’s lesser seen and rarely visited northwestern-most island, Kure Atoll. read more