Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Photo Gallery

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Palms drape over clear water at Strawn Island, one of more than 50 islets at Palmyra Atoll. This wildlife refuge sits in the Pacific, about halfway between Hawaii and American Samoa, and consists of a circular string of around 50 islets.  
Credit: Laura Beauregard/USFWS 
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Palmyra Atoll boasts 15,000 acres of shallow turquoise water with both shallow- and deep-water reef systems, affording some of the best diving in this remote region. Here, a yellow margin triggerfish patrols the refuge's waters.  
Credit: Laura Beauregard/USFWS 
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The atoll supports more than twice the coral reef found in Hawaii, and nearly three times as much stone coral as in the Caribbean—in short, an unspoiled diver's paradise, as this butterfly fish demonstrates.  
Credit: Alex Wegmann/USFWS 
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Not all of the animal inhabitants of Palmyra live under the sea. The atoll also has the world's second-highest population of nesting red-footed boobies after the Galapagos Islands.  
Credit: Laura Beauregard/USFWS 
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A view of the pink-hued coral gardens of Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.  
Credit: Jim E. Maragos/USFWS 
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Blue-green chromis and bicolor chromis swim among the refuge's staghorn coral.  
Credit: Amanda Meyer/USFWS 
 
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