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Destination Reefs: Solomon Islands

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 12, 2012 07:00 AM
Situated east of Papua New Guinea (NE of Australia), the Solomon Islands was a strategic gateway location for many intense ground and naval battles of World War II. Time has largely mended the scars of warfare, and visitors today are treated to beautiful reef sites ... some borne out of war.

The eleven minute video is filled with many wonderful underwater footage of WW2 wreck diving, "flying" Crinoids, battling parrotfish, dancing sexy shrimps, mandarins in their natural habitat, gobies galore, and much more.  Solomon Island fish, corals, and occasional live rock are exported for the aquarium trade so many of the video's "stars" will be familiar to reefkeepers.  The Solomon Islands have made significant strides towards sustainability with better monitoring and training thanks to increased funding.

The Destination Reefs video series showcases the diversity of coral reefs from around the world.  Through these high quality videos, Advanced Aquarist hopes we can all gain a greater appreciation of reef life beyond our glass boxes.

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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