This is blog entry posted from the field during the 2012 Phoenix Islands Marine Protected Area (PIPA) Expedition. The Phoenix Islands are an isolated island chain more than 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii. They are part of the island nation of Kiribati, which partnered with the New England Aquarium and Conservation International to create PIPA in 2008. Today it is one of the world's largest marine protected areas and a UNESCO world heritage site. This voyage is part of a regular series of scientific expeditions to investigate coral health and study ecosystems and biodiversity.
Photographer Keith Ellenbogen, a regular Aquarium blog contributor, is on the expedition capturing stunning underwater photos of marine life as well as the essence of life on a working research vessel. Here are some of the fish he's photographed off Enderbury and Kanton islands.
One of the best things about the Phoenix Islands is their "fishiness". There are so many fish!! Keith got up close and personal on Kanton with some colorful favorites, some of which you can see on Central Wharf at the New England Aquarium. :-)
Dive Site Weird Eddy, Kanton Island