National Wildlife Refuges in the Pacific Photo Gallery

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Mainland wildlife refuges typically get the lion's share of attention, but there's also an impressive cache of spectacular national refuges occupying the aquamarine waters of the Pacific Ocean. They offer access to some of the country's best reef systems, unspoiled beaches, and rare, often endemic, wildlife like this blue tang swimming through stony Acropora coral.  
Credit: Jim E. Maragos/USFWS 
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Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, where these brown boobies perch, lies in the central Pacific 717 nautical miles from Honolulu—one of the the most isolated refuges in the Pacific.  
Credit: Lindsey Hayes/USFWS 
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The atoll hosts 14 species of breeding seabirds and five types of wintering shorebirds. Its four islands constitute the only land in over 800,000 square miles of ocean—so residents like this butterfly fish rank among the refuge's main attractions.  
Credit: Jim E. Maragos/USFWS 
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Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge lies only 18 miles south of the equator and swallows a full 36,400 acres—including the 1,100-acre titular island.  
Credit: Jim E. Maragos/USFWS 
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A hermit crab emerges from its shell at Howland Island National Wildlife Refuge, located in the Pacific Ocean 1,600 miles southwest of Honolulu.  
Credit: USFWS 
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Heteractis malu, a delicate sea anemone, waves its long purple-tipped tentacles at Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific, about 1,000 miles southwest of Honolulu.  
Credit: Jim E. Maragos/USFWS 
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In addition to hosting 247 fish species, Baker Island also has 11 species of nesting birds, like these masked boobies.  
Credit: Jim E. Maragos/USFWS 
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Beds of staghorn coral undulate across the sea floor at Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge, some 1,600 miles southwest of Honolulu.  
Credit: USFWS 
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Expanded in 2009, Baker Island now comprises 410,184 acres, of which 531 are terrestrial and 409,653 are submerged—most of it unexplored.  
Credit: Jim E. Maragos/USFWS 
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A golden-spotted angelfish cruising through the coral of Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge.  
Credit: Jim E. Maragos/USFWS 
 
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