Pohnpei 2014

Pohnpei 2014 

A team of deep rebreather divers from Bishop Museum and the University of Hawaii, most of whom are AME Board members, conducted a three-week expedition to Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Location: Pohnpei, Federted States of Micronesia

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A team of deep rebreathers from Bishop Museum and the University of Hawaii, most of whom are AME Board members, conducted a three-week expedition to Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia. During this project, we conducted a series of rebreather dives to a maximum depth of 147 meters (490 feet), and collected hundreds of specimens of fishes gorgonian corals, many of which are new to science. This project is one of several aimed at documenting coral-reef ecosystems at depths of about 50-150 meters (165-500 feet) throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific.

Deep Reconnaissance

By | July 1st, 2014|

The male of an undescribed basslet in the genus Pseudanthias at a depth of 300 feet (90 meters). Photo: Richard Pyle.During a very brief reconnaissance dive to a depth of 330 feet (100 meters), Richard Pyle captured video of two undescribed species of fishes.

Atolls & Islands

By | July 2nd, 2014|

A view of a small atoll as we approach Majuro. Photo: Brian D. Greene.Dr. Sonia Rowley provides an overview of their exciting 'twilight' mission across the tropical Pacific, with a particular intrigue for oceanic atolls, islands, fishes and fan corals.

Encountering Old Friends

By | July 4th, 2014|

Colin's Angelfish (Centropyge colini) -- the first truely rare fish I ever colelcted, back when I was fifteen years old. Photo: Richard Pyle.This morning (Thursday, July 3rd), as we began preparing for the day’s dive, the sun was out in full glory, and the perpetual mud puddles on the dirt road between […]

The Virtue of Patience

By | July 13th, 2014|

Sonia Rowley swims toward a large rock in the middle of Mant Pass, enveloped in a school of Big-eye Jacks (Caranx sexfasciatus). Photo by Richard Pyle.Richard Pyle describes his encounter with a scene straight out of a fantasy reef painting, and shows how sometimes getting the image requires a great deal of patience.

Long Days

By | July 14th, 2014|

The dive team with their rebreathers in one of the two boats we've been using on this expedition. Clockwise from left: Brian Greene, Richard Coleman, Dave Pence, our boat driver K.M. Kaing, Garrett Johnson, Sonia Rowley, and Josh Copus.  Not shown: Rob Whitton, John Earle and Richard Pyle. Photo by Richard Pyle.Expeditions are filled with long and sometimes exhausting days, but every one of the team members genuinely loves what they do!

Trapping Larvae

By | July 17th, 2014|

Sonia Rowley prepares to send a larval fish trap to the surface, after the trap had spent the night on the reef at a depth of 300 feet (90 meters). Photo by Richard Pyle.University of Hawaii graduate student Garrett Johnson describes his research on larval fish recruitment on deep coral reefs in Pohnpei, using a sophisticated trap that he designed and built.

Ghost Story

By | July 17th, 2014|

Just before sunset, the mysterious Golden Angelfish (Centropyge aurantia) emerges from its cryptic existence to present itself out in the open on the reef. Photo by Richard Pyle.Richard Pyle describes an encounter with a mysterious and elusive angelfish while decompressing from a deep dive on the western side of Ant Atoll.

Rings and Branches

By | July 17th, 2014|

Young scleractinian (hard) corals, typical of the shallow reefs of the region. Evidence of clear reef-building capacity. Photo: Sonia J. Rowley.Rings and branches permeate throughout natural life - Dr. Sonia Rowley guides us through the final dive at Ant Atoll with cultural insights and sea level effects on the atolls of Micronesia.