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Palmyra Atoll - Animals

Avian - Palmyra Atoll possesses 29 bird species in all, including the bristle-thighed curlew (6,000 in the world) and among the largest nesting colonies of red-footed boobies and black noddies in the world.  More about Palmyra's seabirds... 

Marine - Palmyra’s unusual submerged coral reefs jut seaward for miles beyond the islets. With 125 species, the atoll’s reefs support three times the number of coral species found in the Caribbean and Hawaii and five times the number of species found in the Florida Keys. Palmyra’s biodiversity holds great promise for future generations as scientists look to coral for potential cures and new medicines.  More about Palmyra's marine wilderness...

Terrestrial - People who have visited Palmyra particularly enjoy watching the rare coconut crab, the world’s largest land invertebrate, husk and devour coconuts. Green sea turtles, an endangered species, bask in the Palmyra sands where they dig nests for their eggs.

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