Presidential Fish

Presidential Fish

AME Directors Dr. Richard L. Pyle and Brian D. Greene, along with long-time friend and colleague Dr. Randall K. Kosaki (NOAA Scientist for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument) published the scientific description of a new species of fish named in honor of President Barack Obama. The new fish, a small basslet, which now bears the name Tosanoides obama, was discovered living on the deep coral reefs of Kure Atoll and Pearl and Hermes Atoll during the NOAA Expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands earlier this year. A photograph of the fish appeared in an article about that expedition published in Hana Hou! magazine, and was also featured by the National Geographic Society when legendary scientist, conservationist and deep ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle gave the President a photograph of the fish that now bears his name. The exchange will be featured in the National Geographic global broadcast special, “Sea Of Hope” scheduled to be released on Jan. 15, 2017. A story on this fish appeared in the Washington Post, and more information on this fish is available in the Press Release issued by Bishop Museum and others.

2016-12-21T10:10:33+00:00