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.
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 2014 6 September 2014 – 30 September 2014
For the sixth consecutive year, AME divers joined a research team aboard the NOAA vessel R/V Hi'ialakai to survey deep coral reefs throughout the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...