Bottom feeders

Gorgonian fans the size of golf umbrellas filter the cool water upwelling on the reef edge.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

There were much larger fans in shallower water at this site, but they were destroyed in the storm surge of Cyclone Heta which struck in 2004, along with great swathes of the coral reef platform. As the climate changes, scientists fear that these destructive events will occur more frequently.

Climate change will affect South Pacific islands sooner and more significantly than elsewhere. Warmer seas drive more energy into the atmosphere, resulting in more frequent and more violent cyclones that destroy habitats and livelihoods.

Episodes From This Location

Arrivals and departures

1 minute / 2018

Whale research

1 minute / 2018

Vaka fishing

1 minute / 2018

White Sunday

1 minute / 2018

Fly over the forest

1 minute / 2018

Tend the taro

1 minute / 2018

Take a dip

1 minute / 2018

Welcome to The Rock

1 minute / 2018

Healthy coral reefs

1 minute / 2018

Bottom feeders

1 minute / 2018

Swimming snakes

1 minute / 2018

Swim with humpbacks

1 minute / 2018

Take a spin with spinners

1 minute / 2018