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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Landscape of sponges on the seafloor. 3D model available, D: 22 m, Anne Sophie’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Landscape of sponges on the seafloor. 3D model available, D: 22 m, Anne Sophie’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Landscape of sponges on the seafloor. 3D model available, D: 22 m, Anne Sophie’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sponges and Gorgonian fans on reef wall. Stitched image, D: 17 m, Joelle’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sponges and Gorgonian fans on reef wall. Stitched image, D: 17 m, Joelle’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sponges and Gorgonian fans on reef wall. Stitched image, D: 17 m, Joelle’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral and reef fish (vertical view), D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral and reef fish (vertical view), D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral and reef fish (vertical view), D: 5 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral and reef fish, D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral and reef fish, D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral and reef fish, D: 5 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral and reef fish, D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral and reef fish, D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral and reef fish, D: 5 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point Pristine fore reef Branching Coral Zone, D: 5 m, papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point Pristine fore reef Branching Coral Zone, D: 5 m, papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point Pristine fore reef Branching Coral Zone, D: 5 m, papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral (Acropora spp, Seriatopora sp.) and reef fish Branching Coral Zone, D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral (Acropora spp, Seriatopora sp.) and reef fish Branching Coral Zone, D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef with many species of of stone coral (Acropora spp, Seriatopora sp.) and reef fish Branching Coral Zone, D: 5 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef, Stitched panorama 14000 x 5900 px, D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef, Stitched panorama 14000 x 5900 px, D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef, Stitched panorama 14000 x 5900 px, D: 5 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef, Stitched panorama 19855 x 8082 px, D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef, Stitched panorama 19855 x 8082 px, D: 5 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay Pristine fore reef, Stitched panorama 19855 x 8082 px, D: 5 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay, D: 30 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay, D: 30 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Oto Reef or Otto’s Point, Kimbe Bay, D: 30 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Back Reef with small lagoon, red sea fan (Melithaea sp), Restorf Island, Kimbe Bay, papua New Guinea, D: 1 m, stitched panorama 10534 x 4906 pxTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Back Reef with small lagoon, red sea fan (Melithaea sp), Restorf Island, Kimbe Bay, papua New Guinea, D: 1 m, stitched panorama 10534 x 4906 pxTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Back Reef with small lagoon, red sea fan (Melithaea sp), Restorf Island, Kimbe Bay, papua New Guinea, D: 1 m, stitched panorama 10534 x 4906 px© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Table coral (Acropora sp.) and Damselfish (Pomacentridae), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef D: 4 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Table coral (Acropora sp.) and Damselfish (Pomacentridae), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef D: 4 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Table coral (Acropora sp.) and Damselfish (Pomacentridae), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef D: 4 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Gorgonian sea fans (red: Melithaea sp), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 12 m, papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Gorgonian sea fans (red: Melithaea sp), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 12 m, papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Gorgonian sea fans (red: Melithaea sp), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 12 m, papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Gorgonian sea fans (red: Melithaea sp), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 12 m, papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Gorgonian sea fans (red: Melithaea sp), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 12 m, papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Gorgonian sea fans (red: Melithaea sp), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 12 m, papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Invertebrate marine life: molluscs, sponges, gorgonians, hard coral (yellow, front Acropora sp.; backgnd: Porites sp.) The cockscomb oyster, Lopha cristagalli, is a species of marine bivalve molluscs in the family Ostreidae. Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 22 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Invertebrate marine life: molluscs, sponges, gorgonians, hard coral (yellow, front Acropora sp.; backgnd: Porites sp.) The cockscomb oyster, Lopha cristagalli, is a species of marine bivalve molluscs in the family Ostreidae. Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 22 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Invertebrate marine life: molluscs, sponges, gorgonians, hard coral (yellow, front Acropora sp.; backgnd: Porites sp.) The cockscomb oyster, Lopha cristagalli, is a species of marine bivalve molluscs in the family Ostreidae. Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 22 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sandy channel with Whip Corals (Junceella sp), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 22 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sandy channel with Whip Corals (Junceella sp), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 22 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sandy channel with Whip Corals (Junceella sp), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 22 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Elephant Ear Sponge (Ianthella basta), Red Sea Whip Corals, Gorgonian, stone corals, Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 13 m, Papua New Guinea, stitched panorama 11958 x 5377 pxTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Elephant Ear Sponge (Ianthella basta), Red Sea Whip Corals, Gorgonian, stone corals, Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 13 m, Papua New Guinea, stitched panorama 11958 x 5377 pxTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Elephant Ear Sponge (Ianthella basta), Red Sea Whip Corals, Gorgonian, stone corals, Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 13 m, Papua New Guinea, stitched panorama 11958 x 5377 px© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Elephant Ear Sponge (Ianthella basta), Red Sea Whip Corals (Ellisella ceratophyta), Blue-Gold Fusiliers (Caesio teres), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef D: 12 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Elephant Ear Sponge (Ianthella basta), Red Sea Whip Corals (Ellisella ceratophyta), Blue-Gold Fusiliers (Caesio teres), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef D: 12 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Elephant Ear Sponge (Ianthella basta), Red Sea Whip Corals (Ellisella ceratophyta), Blue-Gold Fusiliers (Caesio teres), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef D: 12 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Barrel sponges (Xestospongia testudinaria), Red Sea Whip Corals (Ellisella ceratophyta), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 12 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Barrel sponges (Xestospongia testudinaria), Red Sea Whip Corals (Ellisella ceratophyta), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 12 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Barrel sponges (Xestospongia testudinaria), Red Sea Whip Corals (Ellisella ceratophyta), Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, D: 12 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Huge Elephant Ear Sponge (Ianthella basta) of approx. 2,5 m height. Typically found on coral reefs in areas with rapid water flows. D: 12 m Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Huge Elephant Ear Sponge (Ianthella basta) of approx. 2,5 m height. Typically found on coral reefs in areas with rapid water flows. D: 12 m Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Huge Elephant Ear Sponge (Ianthella basta) of approx. 2,5 m height. Typically found on coral reefs in areas with rapid water flows. D: 12 m Northeast Kimbe Bay reef, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Huge Elephant Ear Sponge

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Ancient lava flow, small Cauliflower corals, D: 3 m, Anne Sophie’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Ancient lava flow, small Cauliflower corals, D: 3 m, Anne Sophie’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Ancient lava flow, small Cauliflower corals, D: 3 m, Anne Sophie’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Swarm of Commerson's anchovies (Stolephorus commersonnii), Divers: (r) Miriam Giru, dive guide / Walindi Plant. and Jörn auf dem Kampe, GEO staff writer & editor, D: 20 m Joelle’s Reef, Kimbe Bay Deep fore reef, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Swarm of Commerson's anchovies (Stolephorus commersonnii), Divers: (r) Miriam Giru, dive guide / Walindi Plant. and Jörn auf dem Kampe, GEO staff writer & editor, D: 20 m Joelle’s Reef, Kimbe Bay Deep fore reef, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Swarm of Commerson's anchovies (Stolephorus commersonnii), Divers: (r) Miriam Giru, dive guide / Walindi Plant. and Jörn auf dem Kampe, GEO staff writer & editor, D: 20 m Joelle’s Reef, Kimbe Bay Deep fore reef, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sponges and Swarm of Commerson's anchovies (Stolephorus commersonnii), D: 20 m Joelle’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sponges and Swarm of Commerson's anchovies (Stolephorus commersonnii), D: 20 m Joelle’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sponges and Swarm of Commerson's anchovies (Stolephorus commersonnii), D: 20 m Joelle’s Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sponges, small table coral and anemones cover the top of the seamount at approx 20 m depth, Diver: Jörn a.d.Kampe/GEO, D: 20 m, Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, Stitched image 7825 x 5280 pxTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sponges, small table coral and anemones cover the top of the seamount at approx 20 m depth, Diver: Jörn a.d.Kampe/GEO, D: 20 m, Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, Stitched image 7825 x 5280 pxTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sponges, small table coral and anemones cover the top of the seamount at approx 20 m depth, Diver: Jörn a.d.Kampe/GEO, D: 20 m, Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, Stitched image 7825 x 5280 px© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Sponges, small table

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Napoleon or Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), hiding under staghorn coral (Acropora sp.). The Napoleon wrasse is long-lived, but has a very slow breeding rate. Individuals become sexually mature at four to six years, and. Males are typically larger than females and are capable of reaching lengths of up to 2 m and weighing up to 180 kg. Females are known to live for around 50 years.live for around 50 years. D: 22 m, Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Napoleon or Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), hiding under staghorn coral (Acropora sp.). The Napoleon wrasse is long-lived, but has a very slow breeding rate. Individuals become sexually mature at four to six years, and. Males are typically larger than females and are capable of reaching lengths of up to 2 m and weighing up to 180 kg. Females are known to live for around 50 years.live for around 50 years. D: 22 m, Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Napoleon or Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), hiding under staghorn coral (Acropora sp.). The Napoleon wrasse is long-lived, but has a very slow breeding rate. Individuals become sexually mature at four to six years, and. Males are typically larger than females and are capable of reaching lengths of up to 2 m and weighing up to 180 kg. Females are known to live for around 50 years.live for around 50 years. D: 22 m, Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Isolated reef rises from considerable depths to forty-five feet (14 meters) below the surface. As with Bradford Shoals, the basic reef structure is primarily composed of flat plates and mounds of non-staghorn corals. In addition there are also large stands of a grayish soft coral, probably Nephthya. From the bare patch at its crest (15-25m depth) , the reef falls away in sheer vertical walls, D: 31 m, Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Isolated reef rises from considerable depths to forty-five feet (14 meters) below the surface. As with Bradford Shoals, the basic reef structure is primarily composed of flat plates and mounds of non-staghorn corals. In addition there are also large stands of a grayish soft coral, probably Nephthya. From the bare patch at its crest (15-25m depth) , the reef falls away in sheer vertical walls, D: 31 m, Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Isolated reef rises from considerable depths to forty-five feet (14 meters) below the surface. As with Bradford Shoals, the basic reef structure is primarily composed of flat plates and mounds of non-staghorn corals. In addition there are also large stands of a grayish soft coral, probably Nephthya. From the bare patch at its crest (15-25m depth) , the reef falls away in sheer vertical walls, D: 31 m, Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 D: 22 m Bradford Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay The reef structure is predominantly flat plates of hard corals, and adaptation allowing maximum utilization of the reduced sunlight at that depth. There are also many colonies of Leather Coral, Sarcophyton.Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 D: 22 m Bradford Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay The reef structure is predominantly flat plates of hard corals, and adaptation allowing maximum utilization of the reduced sunlight at that depth. There are also many colonies of Leather Coral, Sarcophyton.Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 D: 22 m Bradford Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay The reef structure is predominantly flat plates of hard corals, and adaptation allowing maximum utilization of the reduced sunlight at that depth. There are also many colonies of Leather Coral, Sarcophyton.© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Shool of bigeye trevallies (Caranx sexfasciatus). The reef slopes downward from its twin summits to a lip at about 27 m, after which the drop is vertical, D: 27 m Bradford Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Shool of bigeye trevallies (Caranx sexfasciatus). The reef slopes downward from its twin summits to a lip at about 27 m, after which the drop is vertical, D: 27 m Bradford Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Shool of bigeye trevallies (Caranx sexfasciatus). The reef slopes downward from its twin summits to a lip at about 27 m, after which the drop is vertical, D: 27 m Bradford Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Shool of bigeye trevallies (Caranx sexfasciatus), also known as the bigeye jack, great trevally, six-banded trevally and dusky jack, D: 11 m Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Shool of bigeye trevallies (Caranx sexfasciatus), also known as the bigeye jack, great trevally, six-banded trevally and dusky jack, D: 11 m Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Shool of bigeye trevallies (Caranx sexfasciatus), also known as the bigeye jack, great trevally, six-banded trevally and dusky jack, D: 11 m Inglis Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Blackfin Barracudas (Sphyraena qenie, Syn Chevron Barrakudas, Blacktail Barracuda) The reef slopes downward from its twin summits to a lip at about 27 m, after which the drop is vertical. P: 27 m Bradford Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Blackfin Barracudas (Sphyraena qenie, Syn Chevron Barrakudas, Blacktail Barracuda) The reef slopes downward from its twin summits to a lip at about 27 m, after which the drop is vertical. P: 27 m Bradford Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Blackfin Barracudas (Sphyraena qenie, Syn Chevron Barrakudas, Blacktail Barracuda) The reef slopes downward from its twin summits to a lip at about 27 m, after which the drop is vertical. P: 27 m Bradford Shoal seamount, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Blackfin Barracudas

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Giant Sea Fan, Gorgonian Fan Coral (Annella mollis, Syn Subergorgia mollis), D: 10 m, North Ema Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Giant Sea Fan, Gorgonian Fan Coral (Annella mollis, Syn Subergorgia mollis), D: 10 m, North Ema Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Giant Sea Fan, Gorgonian Fan Coral (Annella mollis, Syn Subergorgia mollis), D: 10 m, North Ema Reef, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Giant Sea Fan, Gorgonian

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Giant Sea Fan, Gorgonian Fan Coral (Annella mollis, Syn Subergorgia mollis) on reef wall, D: 24 m North Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Giant Sea Fan, Gorgonian Fan Coral (Annella mollis, Syn Subergorgia mollis) on reef wall, D: 24 m North Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Giant Sea Fan, Gorgonian Fan Coral (Annella mollis, Syn Subergorgia mollis) on reef wall, D: 24 m North Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) attached to reef wall, sponges, feather stars (Crinoids), red whip fan corals, D: 20 m North Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) attached to reef wall, sponges, feather stars (Crinoids), red whip fan corals, D: 20 m North Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) attached to reef wall, sponges, feather stars (Crinoids), red whip fan corals, D: 20 m North Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Barrel sponge

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Éponge en baril (Xestospongia testudinaria) sur le tombant, P: 20 m au nord du récif Ema dans la baie de Kimbe, en Papouasie-Nouvelle-GuinéeTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Éponge en baril (Xestospongia testudinaria) sur le tombant, P: 20 m au nord du récif Ema dans la baie de Kimbe, en Papouasie-Nouvelle-GuinéeTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Éponge en baril (Xestospongia testudinaria) sur le tombant, P: 20 m au nord du récif Ema dans la baie de Kimbe, en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Éponge en baril

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Red sea fan (Melithaea genus), D: 18 m North Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Red sea fan (Melithaea genus), D: 18 m North Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Red sea fan (Melithaea genus), D: 18 m North Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Golden Damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon aureus), sponges, Gorgonians, whip corals, D: 34 m South Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Golden Damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon aureus), sponges, Gorgonians, whip corals, D: 34 m South Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Golden Damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon aureus), sponges, Gorgonians, whip corals, D: 34 m South Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Golden Damselfish

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Underwater cave, soft coral, Gorgonians and sponges stitched panorama 9200 x 5190 px, D: 35 m South Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Underwater cave, soft coral, Gorgonians and sponges stitched panorama 9200 x 5190 px, D: 35 m South Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Underwater cave, soft coral, Gorgonians and sponges stitched panorama 9200 x 5190 px, D: 35 m South Ema Reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Underwater cave, soft

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Diver: Jonathan Lancelot, Tara dive operator and hyperbaric chief, D: 15 m Outer reef, near Banban Island Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Diver: Jonathan Lancelot, Tara dive operator and hyperbaric chief, D: 15 m Outer reef, near Banban Island Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Diver: Jonathan Lancelot, Tara dive operator and hyperbaric chief, D: 15 m Outer reef, near Banban Island Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Diver: Jonathan Lancelot,

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Diver: Jonathan Lancelot, Tara dive operator and hyperbaric chief, D: 15 m Outer reef, near Banban Island Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Diver: Jonathan Lancelot, Tara dive operator and hyperbaric chief, D: 15 m Outer reef, near Banban Island Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Diver: Jonathan Lancelot, Tara dive operator and hyperbaric chief, D: 15 m Outer reef, near Banban Island Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), partial bleaching visible on table corals stitched image 11250 x 5604 px, D: 15 m Outer reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), partial bleaching visible on table corals stitched image 11250 x 5604 px, D: 15 m Outer reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), partial bleaching visible on table corals stitched image 11250 x 5604 px, D: 15 m Outer reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Blue starfish (Linckia laevigata), Up to 40 centimeters across, They invert their stomachs and begin to digest their food (dead animals, small invertebrates, detritus) externally, Reef Flat zone, D: 2 m, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Blue starfish (Linckia laevigata), Up to 40 centimeters across, They invert their stomachs and begin to digest their food (dead animals, small invertebrates, detritus) externally, Reef Flat zone, D: 2 m, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Blue starfish (Linckia laevigata), Up to 40 centimeters across, They invert their stomachs and begin to digest their food (dead animals, small invertebrates, detritus) externally, Reef Flat zone, D: 2 m, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Fire Coral (Millepora dichotoma), The stinging nematocysts contain a toxin which causes painful burn-like wounds on contact, P: 6 m, Fore reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Fire Coral (Millepora dichotoma), The stinging nematocysts contain a toxin which causes painful burn-like wounds on contact, P: 6 m, Fore reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Fire Coral (Millepora dichotoma), The stinging nematocysts contain a toxin which causes painful burn-like wounds on contact, P: 6 m, Fore reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Fire Coral (Millepora

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Colonies of Fire Coral (Millepora dichotoma), D: 7 m Fore reef, Banban and Muli Islets Fore Reef, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Colonies of Fire Coral (Millepora dichotoma), D: 7 m Fore reef, Banban and Muli Islets Fore Reef, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Colonies of Fire Coral (Millepora dichotoma), D: 7 m Fore reef, Banban and Muli Islets Fore Reef, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Fire Corals (Millepora dichotoma) are colonial marine organisms that exhibit physical characteristics similar to that of coral. The name coral is somewhat misleading, as fire corals are not true corals but are more closely related to Hydra and other hydrozoans, making them hydrocorals. D: 6 m Fore reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Fire Corals (Millepora dichotoma) are colonial marine organisms that exhibit physical characteristics similar to that of coral. The name coral is somewhat misleading, as fire corals are not true corals but are more closely related to Hydra and other hydrozoans, making them hydrocorals. D: 6 m Fore reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Fire Corals (Millepora dichotoma) are colonial marine organisms that exhibit physical characteristics similar to that of coral. The name coral is somewhat misleading, as fire corals are not true corals but are more closely related to Hydra and other hydrozoans, making them hydrocorals. D: 6 m Fore reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), partial bleaching visible on table corals, D: 15 m Outer reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), partial bleaching visible on table corals, D: 15 m Outer reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Reef "finger" (deep fore reef), partial bleaching visible on table corals, D: 15 m Outer reef, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Gorgonian fans (Alcyonacea); left: scientific divers Emilie Boissin (CRIOBE/CNRS) and Jonathan Lancelot (Tara) investigating the reef, D: 22 m Outer reef wall, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Gorgonian fans (Alcyonacea); left: scientific divers Emilie Boissin (CRIOBE/CNRS) and Jonathan Lancelot (Tara) investigating the reef, D: 22 m Outer reef wall, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Gorgonian fans (Alcyonacea); left: scientific divers Emilie Boissin (CRIOBE/CNRS) and Jonathan Lancelot (Tara) investigating the reef, D: 22 m Outer reef wall, Banban and Muli Islets, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Coral limestone overhang, D: 11 m, Fringe reef of unnamed "Islet", 8 km north of Yanaba Island Islet, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Coral limestone overhang, D: 11 m, Fringe reef of unnamed "Islet", 8 km north of Yanaba Island Islet, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Coral limestone overhang, D: 11 m, Fringe reef of unnamed "Islet", 8 km north of Yanaba Island Islet, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Wall drop-off, downward view, Outer reef of unnamed "Islet", 8 km north of Yanaba Island Reef, D: 20 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Wall drop-off, downward view, Outer reef of unnamed "Islet", 8 km north of Yanaba Island Reef, D: 20 m, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Wall drop-off, downward view, Outer reef of unnamed "Islet", 8 km north of Yanaba Island Reef, D: 20 m, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Brain coral (top) and concurrent species, D: 9 m Outer reef of Egum Atoll, near Yanaba Island, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Brain coral (top) and concurrent species, D: 9 m Outer reef of Egum Atoll, near Yanaba Island, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Brain coral (top) and concurrent species, D: 9 m Outer reef of Egum Atoll, near Yanaba Island, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Giant Moray (Gymnothorax javanicus), D: 17 m Outer reef of Egum Atoll, near Yanaba Island, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Giant Moray (Gymnothorax javanicus), D: 17 m Outer reef of Egum Atoll, near Yanaba Island, Papua New GuineaTara Pacific expedition - november 2017 Giant Moray (Gymnothorax javanicus), D: 17 m Outer reef of Egum Atoll, near Yanaba Island, Papua New Guinea© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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