satellite view from PMNM
E komo mai; welcome! Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is surrounded by a lei of foam in the middle of the North Pacific; it's a beautiful, special place.

Not only are there albatross on Midway, but many other interesting kinds of wildlife, both on the land and in the sea. Please enjoy exploring FOAM, an educational blog actively done while on Midway from May through August 2010. Posts are added from off-Midway, as information becomes available. If you're interested in a particular topic, please use the search box or the alphabetical list of "labels" along the left side of the blog page.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Snorkeling to Midway's Outer Reef

photo by Adam Fox
Take a look at the aerial picture of Midway Atoll at the top of FOAM's page.  Notice the "lei" of white surf around the atoll?  The surf is breaking on the emergent* coral reef that surrounds most of Midway.  (*above the sea surface)

A boat will take us to the northern part of the reef, which is at the top of FOAM's aerial photograph.  Come along with me as I snorkel from the boat to the reef.  We'll see purple coral and fish of many sorts.  There'll be several kinds of Uhu (Parrotfish), as well as 2 Butterfly fish that seem to be dancing together.  Manini (Convict Tangs, Acanthurus triostegus) are one of my favorite fish.  They have stripes, like the striped uniform that convicts, or prisoners, used to wear.  We'll see a whole school of hungry Manini!  

At the end of the short, 3-minute video we'll look in all directions and see only the emergent reef, lots of ocean surface...and the boat a long swim away!  

Snorkeling to Midway's Outer Reef from Barb Mayer on Vimeo.

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