Images like this ghostly day octopus abound in National Geographics recent book Archipelago,
a stunning portrait of the flora and fauna found in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This octopus, called hee maul
in Hawaiian, was photographed near the Pearl and Hermes Atoll (map of Hawaii
The islands are part of a new national monument created on June 15, 2006, by the Bush Administration. The designation provides federal protection for a 140,000-square-mile (362,600-square-kilometer) swath of the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Ocean.
explores the amazing wildlife of these remote islands and atolls with hundreds of photos, thoughtful essays, and 150 species profiles.
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Photograph by David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton