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New Species

The Johnston Atoll portion of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is so unexplored, that on almost every dive within the protected area during the 2015 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters Off Hawaii expedition, scientists found new organisms that the team had never seen before, like this squat lobster seen residing on a black coral…that also turned out to be a new species!


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Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu Moana.

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Uploaded on March 10, 2021