Mikayla Wujec & Andrea Reid

Large, Strange Fish at the “Last Wild Island”

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 ...

3-D Modelling Corals on the Real Skull Island

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 ...

Diving the Site of JFK’s WWII Shipwreck

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 ...

Diving the (Almost) Most Biodiverse Reef in the World

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 ...

Searching for the Fish That Built the Beach

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 ...