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Destination Reefs: French Polynesia

By Leonard Ho - Posted Nov 27, 2011 06:00 AM
We're going to have a little fun this week ... or at least watch some young, bold, and beautiful people having fun free-diving in Polynesia. This weeks' Destination Reefs video takes us to French Polynesia to witness the wave-swept coral reefs of Tikehau. We also have a bonus video of shark-diving in French Polynesia.

French Polynesia is a group of Central Pacific tropical islands south of Hawaii.  Most famous of their islands is Tahiti and Bora Bora, but there are ~170 islands in French Polynesia, each with unique coral reefs.  Being outside of the "Coral Triangle," the biodiversity is not as rich as the Indo-Pacific.  However, the coral reefs here are robust thanks to French Polynesia's remote location and lower human activity.  One look at the impressive shark populations tells us how healthy these reefs are.

The first video shows young snorkels enjoying the power of the ocean and beauty of Tikehau, French Polynesia.  The wave action is remarkable, sculpting the low, compact formation of the coral reef.  The second video is by Eric Cheng and is a mini-documentary describing shark diving in these islands.  The "walls" of sharks greeting divers is a testament to the health of the ecosystem.  Healthy predators means healthy reefs.

These are large-file HD videos so they may stutter with slower connection speeds.  You can either turn off HD (click HD at the bottom right of the video) or pause the video and let it load completely before playing.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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