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The coastal and underwater environments of Vanuatu harbours some of the most stunning dive sites in the Pacific Islands. Vanuatu's marine biodiversity is threatened by over harvesting of fish resources and water pollution, which is a serious issue especially in Port Vila harbour due to poor sewage and a spike in population in recent years. This delicate environment is highly vulnerable to storm surges and a rising water level due to the many low coastal roads and villages.
A view of the ventral keel and genital area of a female humpback whale. The two mammary slits are visible on either side of the genital slit. Ha’apai, Tonga
Closeup of juvenile humpback whale blowholes. Ha’apai, Tonga
A closeup view of the underjaw of an adult humpback. The tubercles are clearly visible. Ha’apai, Tonga
An adult humpback resting just below the surface. Ha’apai, Tonga
Mother and calf humpback. Ha’apai Islands, Tonga.
Closeup of humpback calf swimming with mother in the background. Ha’apai Islands, Tonga.
Traditonal Tongan dugout canoe still used for inshore reef fishing
A closeup of an adult humpback's pectoral fin as it waves in the air
A school of Moorish Idols cruise over the reef, Ha'apai, Tonga
Young adult humpback swimming towards camera, Ha'apai Islands, Tonga
Mother and calf humpback, Ha'apai Islands, Tonga
Adult humpback whale breaching, Ha'apai,Tonga.
Adult male humpback whale spy hopping and showing deep throat pleats, Ha'apai, Tonga
Tomato Anemone fish in blue tip anemone, Ha'apai, Tonga
Reef scene with hard and soft corals and feather stars, Ha'apai, tonga
Soft coral on deep pinnacle, Ha'apai, Tonga
Banded sea snake breathing at surface, Ha'apai, Tonga
Red gorgonian fan with brittle star, Ha'apai, Tonga
Humpback whale mother and calf, Ha'apai Islands, Tonga
Coral, Vanuatu
Sea slug, Vanuatu
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