After months of planning, the team embarks on a three-week expedition to Pohnpei aboard the "Island Hopper" -- a flight itinerary that takes us through several Micronesian islands on our way to Pohnpei.
Awaiting discovery; the Twilight reefs of Pakin Atoll, FSM. After our remarkably successful 2014 research expedition to Pohnpei and Ant Atoll, it was clear that we simply had to return. Locals spoke of huge [...]
On their final series of dives in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the team collects some specimens for colleagues, and has a surprisingly fruitful shallow dive to wrap things up. And, of course, sharks...
As they head back towards the Main Hawaiian Islands from Midway Atoll, the deep diving team makes some more exciting discoveries on the north side of Pearl and Hermes Atoll, including encounters with very rare species.
Mid-way through the cruise, the Hi'ialakai docks at Midway Atoll, allowing the ship's crew and science team an opportunity to walk around on dry land. It's nice to see some birds and feel the sand in our feet!
After transiting for two days from Honolulu to French Frigate Shoals, our team begins the exploratory deep coral-reef dives within the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. this trip promises to be an exciting one!
Back on Oahu, the deep dive team takes advantage of the day to complete Shake-Down dives prior to the cruise to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Although it was our own back yard, it was still a useful and productive dive.
These cruises always include a "shake-down" dive prior to the full expedition. This year's shake-down dive took place at beautiful Lehua Island off Ni'ihau, where we encountered a monk seal and other interesting marine life.
Dr. Richard Pyle embarks on a cruise to the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, comprising the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, for a series of rebreather dives to survey deep coral reefs.