PHOTOS: Vast New Ocean Refuge Home to Huge Crab, Coral

PHOTOS: Vast New Ocean Refuge Home to Huge Crab, Coral
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Eating everything from giant clams to spiky sea urchins, red snappers (such as this one seen in 2007) are the second most abundant hunters on Kingman Reef, after sharks. The central Pacific reef will be protected as part of the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of three ocean reserves announced by U.S. President George W. Bush on January 6, 2009.

The waters here "are completely dominated by their predators," said National Geographic marine ecologist Enric Sala in April. "Imagine the Serengeti with five lions per wildebeest. This is Kingman Reef."
—Photograph by Enric Sala
 
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