VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
After six weeks of searching for this rapidly vanishing species, it was cause for underwater celebration to finally lay eyes on sizable schools of the largest parrotfish species in the world.
On Skull Island, the skulls of head-hunting victims lie entombed beneath the skulls of their captors, while under the waves, a living treasure of coral is being enshrined digitally for all to see.
While looking for bumphead parrot fish, it was striking to think of the future U.S. president, roughly at our age, brought for a very different reason to this same remote Pacific island.
Among large numbers and variety of sea creatures, we finally catch a glimpse of the elusive bumphead parrotfish we’ve come to study.
Bumphead parrotfish are few and far between now, but their coral-chomping ancestors helped build the very beaches we sit on today.
Landing at Gizo Harbour, it was clear to see that we’d picked an ideal venue for our research. The visibility in the aquamarine waters was greater than anywhere we’d ever been scuba diving—it took all of our willpower to keep ourselves from diving right in.