The Beauty of Protecting Our Oceans: Shark Atoll

Palmyra Atoll is an uninhabited coral atoll in the Pacific Ocean that is part of a massive oceanic conservation area known as Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument- and it's filled with sharks! At least seven species of shark rely on the reef, lagoon and surrounding ocean, and we're learning more every day.

Thanks to researchers with The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, and UC Santa Barbara, new data shows that sharks don't just feed here, but they may be bringing vital nutrients to coral reefs when they return from feeding in the open ocean. Data shows that some sharks have gone as far as 300 miles away to feed before returning to this atoll.

August 10, 2020
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