Scientific Exploration: Discoveries
New species of fishes, octopus and algae.
13 new seamounts, some of which are over 14,000 feet in elevation – that’s more than the height of 10 Empire State Buildings!
The largest sponge in the world, comparable in size to a minivan.
The largest gorgonian coral in the world, reaching 19 feet in height.
The oldest marine organism in the world – a deep-sea black coral that can live up to 4,500 years!
Reefs with 100% unique fishes – this is the highest level of endemism from any known marine ecosystem on Earth.
Encompassing two-thirds of the most remote portion of the remotest island chain on Earth, the waters of Papahānaumokuākea have
only scarcely been surveyed and represent an enormous opportunity for scientific discoveries. New findings are made on virtually
every expedition to the Monument, including new species, new genuses, new habitats, new geological features, the oldest animal,
the largest sponge, the largest coral, and deep coral reefs comprised entirely of endemic fishes, species found nowhere else in the world.
News about world's largest sponge »
2015 mesophotic research expedition »
2015 Okeanos expedition »
News about new black coral species »
2014 mesophotic research expedition »
More info on endemism in the Monument »