New Caledonia

Today we dove at Astrolabe Reef, a remote coral atoll northeast of New Caledonia. So far it’s the best place we have explored. In our dives today we’ve seen everything one hopes to see: sharks, groupers, Napoleon wrasse, bright red old sea fans, and many other gorgeous animals. But the most impressive sight – and...

By Alan Friedlander Our dives in the Chesterfield Reefs near New Caledonia have been full of surprises. Sometimes it is hard to tell who is more surprised, us or the fish. Every time we jump in the water, we are immediately surrounded by a swarm of curious reef sharks. Video: Crittercam POV – “Swim” with...

By Manu San Félix Today we had a difficult day of diving, navigating far away from our ship with dive boats in rough seas. In spite of the bad conditions we were able to complete three dives in beautiful reefs and coral gardens with groupers, sharks and more. Afterwards, we went back to our boat,...

New Caledonian crows love the candle nut forests around Sarramea where they drop candle nuts from a height to crack them open for a meal.   We found a nut cracking site and Alex Taylor explained how it all works. Step 1: Find a tall tree branch positioned high above a flat rock.   Step...

New Caledonian crows love the candle nut forests around Sarramea where they drop candle nuts from a height to crack them open for a meal.   We found a nut cracking site and Alex Taylor explained how it all works. Step 1: Find a tall tree branch positioned high above a flat rock.   Step...

My plexiglass pieces survived the 22 hour trip from Santa Barbara, California to New Caledonia and I appear to have skipped the jet lag! Alright, I’m in New Caledonia so I can start testing crows right? Wrong! First I have to build all of my apparatuses from all of the plexiglass I brought over. This...

My plexiglass pieces survived the 22 hour trip from Santa Barbara, California to New Caledonia and I appear to have skipped the jet lag! Alright, I’m in New Caledonia so I can start testing crows right? Wrong! First I have to build all of my apparatuses from all of the plexiglass I brought over. This...