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Panoramische foto door Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Genomen 01:52, 11/04/2010 - Views loading...

World Heritage Site New Caledonia Lagoon Coral Reef Batfish Platax Teira

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About 40 km southeast of Noumea Ilot Mato Anchorage marks the entrance into the vast southern coral reef lagoon. Part of the New Caledonia World Heritage Site, the southern lagoon is a vast area of coral reefs and isolated small islands.

The corals are vibrantly alive and teem with brilliantly colored coral fish. A school of batfish, Platax teira, milled around as I took this underwater panoramic sphere photo. In areas of the New Caledonia Lagoon World Heritage Site that are totally protected against any kind of fishing the fish are often very tame and allow a photographer to get images that are impossible to obtain just about anywhere else. Unfortunately this part of the reef is still open to fishing - even spearfishing and tropical fish collecting - so the fish tend to move off quickly when a diver comes by.

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Panorama's in de omgeving van New Caledonia

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

door Richard Chesher, 10 hier vandaan

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

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

B: Symbiosis in the Blue Lagoon, New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 60 hier vandaan

Coral reefs are all about symbiosis - the art of living together. When we look at an underwater scene...

Symbiosis in the Blue Lagoon, New Caledonia

C: Finding Nemo in New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 100 hier vandaan

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

D: Massive Ancient Coral Head New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 150 hier vandaan

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

Massive Ancient Coral Head New Caledonia

E: New Caledonia Anchorage Aerial Panorama

door Richard Chesher, 170 hier vandaan

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

New Caledonia Anchorage Aerial Panorama

F: Bird Fish Feeding Frenzy New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 200 hier vandaan

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

Bird Fish Feeding Frenzy New Caledonia

G: Summer Calm in the New Caledonia Lagoon

door Richard Chesher, 240 hier vandaan

The crying sounds of puffins nesting on Ilot Mato wake up on the 23rd of March at 05:30. They cry lik...

Summer Calm in the New Caledonia Lagoon

H: Ilot Mato South Lagoon New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 350 hier vandaan

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

I: Ospreys Ilot Mato New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 450 hier vandaan

A family of ospreys (Pandion haliaetus melvillensis) live on Ilot Mato in the great south lagoon of N...

Ospreys Ilot Mato New Caledonia

J: Coral Reef Nursery New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 570 hier vandaan

There is something very special about the shallow lagoon sand and coral flats of New Caledonia. You'd...

Coral Reef Nursery New Caledonia

Dit panorama is genomen in New Caledonia

Dit is een overzicht van New Caledonia

New Caledonia is the closest South Pacific Island to Australia and New Zealand. It is a French Territory and although the official language is French the culture is a blend of Melanesian, European, Polynesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, and more. There is one large mountainous island called Grande Terre and 6 smaller islands - the three Loyalty Islands, Belep and the Isle of Pines.

The islands are remarkably unpopulated and there are vast areas of wilderness. There are hundreds of kilometers of walking treks, camp grounds, more than 42 parks and reserves, and crystal clear rivers with sparkling waterfalls. Almost one third of the population is located in the capital city of Noumea. Nickel mining is the primary industry and is the major contributor to the high standard of living in the country. Grande Terre is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world and the protected lagoon created by this barrier reef is the largest in the world. Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008, the lagoon is 24,000 square kilometers and supports a diverse and luxuriant fauna of fish and invertebrates.

The vibrant, clear and rich colors are one of the first things that visitors notice when they arrive. Noumea has a complete range of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and activities to welcome visitors.

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