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Kydd's Palmyra

Photos by Kydd Pollock

A lone kayak parked on the shores of Palmyra’s tranquil eastern lagoon. Photo © Kydd Pollock

The shadow of a gecko is visible through the leaf of the indigenous nau paka tree. Photo © Kydd Pollock

A red-clawed fiddler crab waves his oversized claws (chelipeds) high in the air and taps it on the ground to attract females. Photo © Kydd Pollock

A melon- headed whale surfaces for air. Melon heads feed at night and rest during the day, gathering in pods of up to 1,000 at Palmyra. Photo © Kydd Pollock.

A spinner dolphin at play in Palmyra’s offshore waters. Pods of 100 to 200 can be found at the atoll. Photo © Kydd Pollock

A manta ray in the surf. Manta rays form feeding trains of up to 80 individuals at Palmyra, feasting on plumes of plankton in the nearshore waters. Photo © Kydd Pollock

A green sea turtle glides over Tortagonia reef in northwest Palmyra. Photo © Kydd Pollock

Black-tipped reef sharks occupy Palmyra’s shallow nearshore waters, utilizing the food supply and protection found there. Photo © Kydd Pollock

Dark blue water marks the edge of a shipping channel dredged during World War II. The channel is 20 feet deep and 275 feet wide and connects the atoll’s western lagoon to the sea. Photo © Kydd Pollock

Schools of big-eye jacks flourish in Palmyra’s offshore waters. Photo © Kydd Pollock

Tan-faced parrotfish are plentiful on Palmyra reefs. Parrotfish feed on soft, thin coral tissue and excrete limestone in their waste, helping to create sand for the atoll. Photo © Kydd Pollock.

Schools of convict tangs, a colorful reef fish, can number more than a thousand at Palmyra. Photo © Kydd Pollock

A red-footed booby flies over black-tipped reef sharks in Palmyra’s western lagoon. Palmyra has one of the world’s largest red-footed booby populations. Photo © Kydd Pollock

A breeding pair of great frigate birds. As part of their courtship ritual, the male inflates his red gular pouch for the female. Photo © Kydd Pollock

Palmyra's white terns are inquisitive about people and lay their eggs directly onto tree branches without nests. Photo © Kydd Pollock

A fan-shaped growth of coconut palms, the dominant tree species at Palmyra. Photo © Kydd Pollock

The sun sets behind Ainsley Island in Palymra’s western lagoon. The small islet is named after Ainsley Fullard-Leo, whose family owned Palmyra from 1922 until it was sold to The Nature Conservancy in 2000. Photo © Kydd Pollock

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