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Triton eating starfish New Caledonia

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Triton shell charonia tritonisThe Triton Shell, Charonia tritonis, is one of the most valuable and famous sea shells in the world. The triton shell appears on ancient greek pottery, it features in the mythology of the island people around the tropical world, it is made into trumpets used even today for island celebrations or sometimes blown as a warning of approaching danger.

Triton shells are found in rather large but decreasing numbers in shell shops and shell factories where they are wholesaled to thousans of gift shops in tropical countries. The lovely triton is often seen as doorstops, book ends, and on the shelves and cabinets of shell collectors - killed, cleaned, and displayed with affection because of it's beauty.

The starfish is also extremely valuable to the coral reef ecosytems of our planet. It feeds on starfish, and critically, it feeds on the Crown of Thorns Starfish. The Crown of Thorns starfish Acanthaster planci eats living coral. It is a normal part of the coral reef ecosystem but these days, with the multitude of stresses on coral reefs, it sometimes get out of control and devours reefs like a cancer. This is a very small triton, only about the size of my hand, but it is already eating starfish. In this photo it is eating a starfish that isn't dangerous to coral, but it would happily go after a small crown of thorns if there had been one around. Fortunately this coral reef, just off the tiny island of Mbe Kouen on the barrier reef of New Caledonia, is still healthy and thriving.

And just behind the triton you will see a small Giant Clam, Tridacna derasa. A much larger species, Tridacna gigas, used to live in New Caledonia until about 100 years ago when the last of them were eaten. I was especially happy to find this specimen of Tridacna derasa because it was the very first one I had found alive in New Caledonia. I was beginning to think they, too, had become extinct here. Tridacna derasa is in danger of extinction everywhere in it's range. To find out why read the story about the Giant Clam Sanctuaries in Tonga.

Want to come see this living reef, part of the New Caledonia World Heritage Site? Get a copy of the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia or the Rocket Travel Guide to New Caledonia to find out just how to do it.

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A: New Caledonia Coral Reef Diversity

Richard Chesher作, ここから20メートル

This is a lush, thriving coral reef near Ilot Mbe Kouen, just inside of New Caledonia's Great Barrier...

New Caledonia Coral Reef Diversity

B: Coral Reef Garden New Caledonia Mbe

Richard Chesher作, ここから300メートル

Ilot Mbe Kouen is just 12 nautical miles west of Noumea, New Caledonia. It is a tiny lagoon islet - m...

Coral Reef Garden New Caledonia Mbe

C: Deserted Island Beach New Caledonia Mbe Kouen

Richard Chesher作, ここから440メートル

Now here is your iconic deserted island. A spec of sand with one solitary palm tree (still not very g...

Deserted Island Beach New Caledonia Mbe Kouen

D: Areal Lagoon Isle Mbe Kouen

Richard Chesher作, ここから570メートル

Ilot Mbe Kouen is a little island just inside the New Caledonia Great Barrier Reef. In fact, if you l...

Areal Lagoon Isle Mbe Kouen

E: Red Sea Fan, Octopus and Ilot Mbe Kouen

Richard Chesher作, ここから910メートル

Ilot Mbe Kouen is a miniscule dot of white sand with a touch of green and a solitary palm tree; just ...

Red Sea Fan, Octopus and Ilot Mbe Kouen

F: New Caledonia underwater panorama Ilot Mbo

Richard Chesher作, 3.0kmかなた

In 2008 the shallow coral reef on the eastern side of Ilot Mbo was alive and thriving. This underwate...

New Caledonia underwater panorama Ilot Mbo

G: New Caledonia Marine Reserve Ilot Signal

Richard Chesher作, 8.3kmかなた

Ilot Signal became a special marine reserve in 1989. It protects the island, the plants, the birds, a...

New Caledonia Marine Reserve Ilot Signal

H: Crown of Thorns starfish Acanthaster planci New Calledonia

Richard Chesher作, 8.3kmかなた

The Crown of Thorns Starfish, Acanthaster planci, is one of the largest starfish found on the coral r...

Crown of Thorns starfish Acanthaster planci New Calledonia

I: Ilot Signal Marine Reserve New Caledonia

Richard Chesher作, 8.4kmかなた

Ilot Signal, also called Ilot Te Ndu, is part of the Southern Lagoon park, a network of protected mar...

Ilot Signal Marine Reserve New Caledonia

J: Pontoon New Caledonia Coral Reef

Richard Chesher作, 9.2kmかなた

12 nautical miles west of Noumea there is a pontoon with underwater viewing ports and a swimming plat...

Pontoon New Caledonia Coral Reef

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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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