Wednesday, 11 July 2012

19. WHY WE WENT TO NUKUORO and KAPINGA

 In a US Navy Hu-16 Albatross seaplane we flew from Guam to Truk then Kapingamarangi and later Nukuoro (not shown on map) before returning via Truk and Guam.  An exciting adventure.




When starfish numbers were spotted in the North Pacific during the late 1960s it was feared this coral destroying potential pest might kill the reef surrounding atolls like Nukuoro and Kapingamarangi ultimately causing severe erosion of the low laying islands and a need to resettle locals elsewhere.

Our survey of reefs at these two atolls only found small numbers of starfish in the lagoon.

The starfish continues to be a real problem on parts of the Great Barrier Reef.  The above pictures show a giant starfish, perhaps 200 years old.  The location was close to a popular tourist destination on the southern part of the GBR, in Australia (1988).







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