Mikayla Wujec & Andrea Reid

We have just returned from our third and final study site in our ongoing search for bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) in the Solomon Islands. At 46 square miles (120 square kilometers) and with zero permanent inhabitants, our last site, Tetepare, is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific (read our earlier posts). Commonly known as...

This week, our pursuit of the Solomon Islands’ elusive bumphead parrotfish brought us from the bustling fishery surrounding the town of Gizo to the slower, more subsistence-based fishery near the village of Munda. A two-hour boat ride over calm seas seemingly transported the two of us back in time. We’ve set up camp on nearby...

Three thousand, six hundred meters below the surface of the Solomon Sea lies the wreckage of PT-109, a patrol torpedo boat last commanded by John F. Kennedy during World War II. This PT boat was sunk by a Japanese destroyer on a moonless night in August 1943, only to be discovered by a National Geographic...

Here in the Solomon Islands, searching for the elusive bumphead parrotfish, we spent this week diving in waters that boast some of the highest fish biodiversity in the world, second only to Sipadan, Malaysia. The aptly-named Grand Central had fish rushing off in all directions including schools of red-bellied fusiliers (Caesio cuning), titan and redtooth triggerfish (Balistoides...

Bumphead parrotfish, the hidden treasure of our expedition here in the Solomon Islands, are one of the most memorable sights to be seen on shallow reefs—if you are lucky enough to find them, that is. Picture this: what starts as a single dark blue silhouette slowly drifts towards you, transforming into a herd of giant,...

Even the best laid plans go astray. After one year of planning in every conceivable way—the two of us camped out in backyards, in cafes, on campus, on planes and trains—we finally felt as prepared as we could be to visit a place neither of us had ever been, to study a fish neither of...