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New Caledonia Expedition: An Army of Giant Parrotfish

Today we dove at Astrolabe Reef, a remote coral atoll northeast of New Caledonia. So far it’s the best place we have explored. In our dives today we’ve seen everything one hopes to see: sharks, groupers, Napoleon wrasse, bright red old sea fans, and many other gorgeous animals. But the most impressive sight – and…

New Caledonia Expedition: A Treasure Trove of Stunning Sea Life

The team explorers the remote Huon Island and its lagoon, encountering a refuge for marine life filled with bizarre and vibrant creatures.

New Caledonia Expedition: Green Umbrellas in the Reef

Written by Kike Ballesteros Imagine you’re on the first day of vacation, arriving in the Florida Keys, Cozumel, Cabo Pulmo, the Bahamas or another beautiful beach destination. Now it’s time to go swimming and sunbathing on the beach, but you have to be careful. To protect against a sunburn you may need the help of…

New Caledonia Expedition: A Kaleidoscope of Corals

Written by Manu San Félix The other day, Alan Friedlander wrote that “these reefs are like windows into the past.” He was right; diving here is like taking a time machine back to an age when the ocean had no human impact and was full of sharks, tunas and groupers. A time when the marine…

New Caledonia Expedition: Diving in a Place Where the Fish Have Never Seen Divers

Sometimes it is hard to tell who is more surprised, us or the fish. Every time we jump in the water, we are immediately surrounded by a swarm of curious reef sharks.

New Caledonia Expedition: Turtle Lovin’

Written by Manu San Félix Today we had a difficult day of diving, navigating far away from our ship with dive boats in rough seas. In spite of the bad conditions we were able to complete three dives in beautiful reefs and coral gardens with groupers, sharks and more. Afterwards, we went back to our…

On the Hunt for Nut Cracking Crows

I search for nut cracking crows in my last few days in New Caledonia.

Bird Watch, Catwalk: An In-the-Field Fashion Show

Field wardrobes are limited, but here is a sneak peek at what we were able to pack into our backpacks.

A Day in the Life of a Crow Researcher in New Caledonia

Have you ever wondered what daily life is like for a crow investigator? Have a look to find out!

Footage From the Field: Insect Tent-Mates and Flowers You Can High Five

While running around busily testing birds and entering data, I take a bit of time to say Bonjour to the local plants and animals.

Life in the Field: Building Things in the Land of Crows

Logistics in the field always take longer than expected. Before I can start running my crow cognition tests there are a ton of things to build!

New Beetle Species, Named for National Geographic, Sheds Light on Island Evolution

By Jesús Gómez-Zurita New Caledonia, an island archipelago east of Australia, has long been recognized as a hotspot for biodiversity, maintaining a rich and mostly endemic flora and fauna, including some emblematic examples of island oddities and living fossils. As is typically the case in the tropics, despite the obvious appeal of New Caledonia for biodiversity studies,…