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パノラマを撮影したのは Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO 撮影日 22:30, 22/03/2011 - Views loading...

Coral Reef Nursery New Caledonia

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There is something very special about the shallow lagoon sand and coral flats of New Caledonia. You'd think there would not be much of interest here and in fact very few people visit these areas. Unless it is high tide you can't even swim over the top of the coral thickets and it's about breast deep if you stand up on the soft white sand.

But this is an experience not to be missed. It is a world of sea life in miniature where, amid the branches of the corals, you see the reef fish when they are still just teeny weeny spots of color. Schools of fish - all less than 20mm long - flash just under mirror-like surface of the lagoon. They are so small even the birds ignore them. If you peer closely at a dark place on the corals and you are likely to see larvae of reef creatures that are less than a millimeter long dancing like mayflies in the prismatic flashes of sunlight. Because it is so shallow, the colors are just amazing.

There are thousands of square kilometers of these coral reef nurseries on the shoal areas around the coral islets and New Caledonia's Great Barrier Reef (the second largest barrier reef in the world). Big waves rarely reach the nurseries so the corals themselves are very delicate and beautiful. The labyrinth of shallow corals discourage reef predators from patrolling for munchies. In any case, the fish are very small and hardly worth the effort for most reef fish. Plus they are hard to catch. When anything big comes by, the tiny fish withdraw into the protective branches of the coral. And at night the fish tuck themselves deep into the coral branches to sleep.

I never could have taken this image if I was actually there myself. The fish vanish into the corals as soon as I approached. The distance from the camera to the coral thickets was about 400 mm even less on one side - there was barely room for me to set up the underwater robot camera on the sand before I swam away - looking around at all the beauty and hoping the fish would relax and come out and play as soon as they saw me leave.

According to the images captured by the robot, the little fishies worried about the camera for about 20 minutes then they ignored it. The camera was able to capture them as they hovered over the corals munching on plankton that floated by in the current or chasing each other around the coral. A couple of the fish were curious and came nice and close to the camera to have their portraits taken.

Predators do get into the nursery - like the stingray you can see munching on clams in the sand. And I did see a sea snake looking for breakfast. I also saw tiny groupers no doubt learning their predatory skills in this miniature reef world.

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A: New Caledonia Anchorage Aerial Panorama

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New Caledonia Anchorage Aerial PanoramaThis New Caledonia Anchorage sphere image was taken from a kit...

New Caledonia Anchorage Aerial Panorama

B: Massive Ancient Coral Head New Caledonia

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Massive corals, like this 6 meter sphere of Porites, grow between 5 to 10mm per year making this one ...

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C: Summer Calm in the New Caledonia Lagoon

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Summer Calm in the New Caledonia Lagoon

D: Bird Fish Feeding Frenzy New Caledonia

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A school of anchovies swarms together, forming a scintillating mass attacked from above and below in ...

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E: World Heritage Site New Caledonia Lagoon Coral Reef Batfish Platax Teira

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F: New Caledonia Shark - Underwater Panorama of a Leopard Shark Stegostoma Fasciatum

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The Leopard Shark, Stegostoma fasciatus, reportedly eats small fish and molluscs. Molluscs probably m...

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G: Symbiosis in the Blue Lagoon, New Caledonia

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Symbiosis in the Blue Lagoon, New Caledonia

H: Finding Nemo in New Caledonia

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There's this colony of clownfish that lives just on the crest of the fringing reef at Mato. Two speci...

Finding Nemo in New Caledonia

I: Ilot Mato South Lagoon New Caledonia

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Ilot Mato is in the southern part of the largest coral reef lagoon in the world. It is part of the Ne...

Ilot Mato South Lagoon New Caledonia

J: Coral Reef Fish Symbiosis

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ニューカレドニアはオーストラリアとニュージーランドに最も近い南太平洋島です。ニューカレドニアはフランス領であり、フランス語が公用語として使われておりますが、文化はメラネシア、ヨーロッパ、ポリネシア、ベトナム、中国、インドネシア等多くの国の歴史をブレンドした国際的でユニークな文化を築いております。ニューカレドニアには、グランドテールと呼ばれる1つの大きな山の様な島と6つの小さい島があります。– 3つのロイヤルティー諸島、ベレップ諸島、イルデパン島

島には果てしなく広がる荒野があり、そして驚くほど住民が少ないアイランドです。また何百キロメートルのウオ―キングトレック、キャンプ場、42以上の公園および特別保留地と輝やく滝を保つクリスタルクリアの川があります。人口3分の1ほとんどがヌメアの首都に居住しています。ニッケル採鉱はニューカレドニア第一の産業として、国の高い生活水準への主な役割をしています。グランドテールは世界で2番目に大きい堡礁に囲まれており、この堡礁によって造られ保護されたラグーンは、世界で最も大きいと言われております。この24,000平方キロメートルの巨大なラーグンは、2008年に世界遺産として記録され、多種多様の魚と無脊椎動物の豊かな動物群をサポートしています。

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