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Triton, Charonia tritonis, in the Ilot Maitre Marine Reserve New Caledonia
Triton Shells, AKA Trumpet Shells, are important predators of the Crown of Thorns Starfish and unfortunately have become extremely rare due to their exquisite beauty and the wacky human habit of killing beautiful things because of their beauty. This triton was safely protected by New Caledonia Law and the the fact it was on the coral reef within the Ilot Maitre Marine Reserve - where all forms of sea life are protected. New Caledonia has the largest coral reef lagoon in the world and it is a World Heritage Site because of it's amazing diversity of marine life. Freddy found this triton right out in the open on top of the reef during the day. Normally they prowl at night and hide under the coral during the day.
Copyright: Richard Chesher
Art: Spherical
Resolution: 7200x3600
Taken: 07/03/2010
Hochgeladen: 06/02/2022


Tags: conservation; lagoon; snorkeling; fish; underwater; scenic; woman; diver
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Noumea is the capital and vacation centre of the Islands of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Noumea is a "French" city, but the 91,000 inhabitants are a very mixed cultural group with French, Melanesian, Polynesian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and lots of mixtures of these. Over 60% of the population of New Caledonia lives in Noumea.Noumea is a peninsula on the southwestern end of Grande Terre and the central business district (Centre Ville) is next to one of the best natural harbours in the South Pacific. The lagoon side of the peninsula has two picturesque bays with white sand beaches and is called Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons. These twin bays are the international tourism capital of New Caledonia with hotels, restaurants and bars on the landward side of "La Promenade".First settled by the French in 1854, Noumea retains close political ties with France. It has excellent schools and public facilities - parks, recreation areas, exercise paths, schools and medical facilities. Today it is the fastest growing city in the South Pacific. There are 23 hotels in Noumea ranging from one to five stars and over 100 Restaurants.

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