Corals provide habitats to reef animals large and small. But around the world, corals are under threat. Overfishing, pollution and rising ocean temperatures are just some of the pressures facing these rich marine ecosystems. Aquarium scientists are studying the corals and animals in a very special corner of the globe—the Phoenix Islands Marine Protected Area (PIPA). Dr. Rotjan explains in the podcast just why PIPA is so special.
Have a listen! And while you're tuned in, scroll through these images of coral reefs in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area and meet some of the animals that live there. Can't get enough corals? Come check out our IMAX film The Last Reef 3D and you'll get to see some supersized corals on the largest movie screen in New England!
|Underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen traveled to the Phoenix Island in 2012. See more of his pictures.|
|Randi photographed and blogged extensively during the 2009 expedition to the Phoenix Islands|
|Corals up close from the 2012 expedition to PIPA, more pictures by K. Ellenbogen|
|More corals up close, more pictures by K. Ellenbogen|
|Some of the larger fishes Randi saw in the Phoenix Islands|
|Sharks are a sign of a healthy ecosystem, see more shark pictures|
|Many tiny animals call the coral reef home. See more pictures like this|
|Even at night the reef is alive. See more pictures like this|
|See more pictures like this|